newsIsrael at War

Netanyahu, Biden to speak about new hostage proposal

The U.S. president is expected to pressure the Israeli leader to accept Hamas's changes to an American outline.

President Joe Biden talks on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 4, 2024. Photo by Adam Schultz/White House.
President Joe Biden talks on the phone with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on July 4, 2024. Photo by Adam Schultz/White House.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to speak with President Joe Biden on Thursday, the Prime Minister’s Office told JNS.

While the PMO declined to comment on the nature of the conversation, Biden will reportedly pressure the Israeli leader to accept a modified hostage-for-terrorists exchange proposal that Hamas presented on Wednesday.

Ahead of the call, Netanyahu is set to hold meetings with his negotiating team and then convene the Security Cabinet to discuss the proposal.

The changes are believed to have been made to a framework Biden presented in May.

U.S., Qatari and Egyptian mediators have conveyed “Hamas’s remarks on the outline of the hostages deal,” according to a PMO statement on behalf of the Mossad late Wednesday.

“Israel is evaluating the remarks and will convey its reply to the mediators,” added the statement.

Jerusalem immediately accepted Biden’s proposal, which Netanyahu stressed does not call for a permanent end to the war sparked by Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre of some 1,200 people and the kidnapping of some 250 others, of whom 120 remain in Gaza.

Hamas rejected the deal, demanding a permanent end to the conflict and the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war. JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you. The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support? Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates