A Biden adviser is in the Middle East negotiating a truce for Gaza and a deal for the release of hostages

Brett McGurk, Middle East advisor to US President Joe Biden, in a file photograph. EFE/ Philipp Guelland (PHILIPP GUELLAND/)

Brett McGurkMiddle East advisor to US President Joe Biden, is currently in the region negotiating a new truce in Israel’s offensive in Gaza in exchange for the Hamas terrorist group release hostages still held in the Strip, the White House announced this Tuesday.

John Kirby, a White House spokesman, said in a press conference that McGurk arrived in Egypt on Monday and plans to visit other countries in the coming days to discuss “the potential for another hostage deal, which would require a pause.” “humanitarian of a certain duration.”

The spokesperson stated that The United States would support a longer truce than the one that stopped the violence in November 2023but refused to confirm whether Israel has specifically proposed a two-month truce, as the Israeli media reported on Monday Wallaciting two senior Israeli officials.

“The talks are very sober and serious about trying to reach another hostage deal,” Kirby said at a regular White House briefing, adding that the talks included a debate over the length of the pause needed to free to the hostages.

Kirby said McGurk was also addressing other issues during his trip, such as obtaining an assessment of Israel’s military operations and its efforts to protect civilians, as well as further exploring the idea of ​​normalizing ties between the Jewish state and Saudi Arabia.

Kirby reiterated Washington’s insistence that Gaza’s future post-conflict government could not include Hamas leaders, and said Washington did not want its territory to be reduced.

Israeli soldiers walk alongside military vehicles and ambulances, as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, near the fence on the Israeli border with Gaza Jan 22, 2024. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
Israeli soldiers walk alongside military vehicles and ambulances, as the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas continues, near the fence on the Israeli border with Gaza Jan 22, 2024. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (AMIR COHEN/)

“Whatever governance in Gaza looks like, once this is over, it has to be representative of the aspirations of the Palestinian people, who are not represented by Hamas,” he said.

According to Walla, the Government of Benjamin Netanyahu He sent Egypt and Qatar – the main mediators – a proposal that proposes a ceasefire in the enclave for about two months in exchange for the release of the captives. It would also include an exchange for Palestinian prisoners who would be released.

Israel estimates that some 136 Israeli hostages – including some 25 dead – remain held in the Strip and, in recent days, the families have increased pressure on Nentanyahu to reach a deal and take steps for their release.

Until now, the prime minister has been reluctant to reach an agreement with Hamas and has advocated military pressure as a way to achieve his freedom.

EFE He consulted the office of the Israeli head of government about the truce proposal, but has not yet received a response.

According to Walla, Israel’s proposal is the most weighty since the war with Hamas broke out on October 7.

Israel suffered its worst day of losses in Gaza, with 24 soldiers deadThe army said Tuesday, as its forces surrounded the main city in southern Gaza, trapping Palestinian residents trying to flee.

In late November, during a week-long truce, 105 captives were freed in a deal that also included the release of 240 Palestinian prisoners.

(With information from EFE and Reuters)

Source-www.infobae.com