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(132,196 posts)
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 08:17 AM Jun 10

Biden Administration has discussed potentially negotiating unilateral deal with Hamas to free U.S. hostages

Source: NBC News

June 10, 2024, 5:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON — Biden administration officials have discussed potentially negotiating a unilateral deal with Hamas to secure the release of five Americans being held hostage in Gaza if current cease-fire talks involving Israel fail, according to two current senior U.S. officials and two former senior U.S. officials.

Such negotiations would not include Israel and would be conducted through Qatari interlocutors, as current talks have been, said the officials, all of whom have been briefed on the discussions. White House officials declined to comment.

The Biden administration has said it believes Hamas is holding five American hostages who were abducted during the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel. U.S. officials are also hoping to recover the remains of three additional U.S. citizens who are believed to have been killed on that day by Hamas, which then took their bodies into Gaza.

The officials did not know what the U.S. might give Hamas in exchange for the release of American hostages. But, the officials said, Hamas could have an incentive to cut a unilateral deal with the U.S. because doing so would likely further strain relations between the U.S. and Israel and put additional domestic political pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/biden-administration-discussed-potentially-negotiating-unilateral-deal-rcna156266

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(3,123 posts)
2. May amplify the rift between the US & Israel, but short of US stopping arms support to Israel doubt Hamas would agree
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 08:39 AM
Jun 10

I can understand politically the administration wants to show it is doing everything it REASONABLY can to secure US hostages, but probably a bridge too far to offer enough that Hamas will sign off. And like Israeli hostages, one has to wonder how many of any of the hostages are alive given all the IDF shelling and bombing of Hamas facilities and Hamas treatment of the hostages.

marble falls

(59,033 posts)
3. When national interests diverge, it's time to pursue them unilaterally. Israel considers no one elses interests.
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 08:43 AM
Jun 10


(19,564 posts)
6. Hopefully this report is false
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 11:49 AM
Jun 10

Hamas can release the hostages.

The US does not negotiate with terrorists. I know Reagan did, but I truly believe Biden is better than that.


(3,162 posts)
9. "officials have discussed potentially negotiating a unilateral deal with Hamas"
Mon Jun 10, 2024, 01:34 PM
Jun 10
"Should we potentially negotiate a unilateral deal with Hamas?"

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