The head of US Intelligence, William Burnswill travel to Europe in the coming days to participate and mediate the negotiation of a comprehensive agreement between Israel and Hamas that allows the release of hostages in the hands of the terrorist group and a truce with the Israeli army .
Burns, director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will meet with his counterparts from Israel and Egypt – David Barnea and Abbas Kamel – and the Prime Minister of Qatar, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, as revealed by several media in America.
Israel’s security director, Ronen Bar, and General Nitzan Alon, who oversees hostage affairs, will also participate in the meetings.
Israel’s proposal is based on a sixty-day ceasefire in exchange for the release of all hostages held by Hamas, in addition to the departure of the leaders of the terrorist organization present in Gaza.
Hamas, for its part, is demanding a definitive cease-fire and it seems unlikely that its leaders will be willing to leave the Strip.
The question of the duration of the truce is the main obstacle. The Government of Benjamin Netanyahu has committed to the “destroy” of Hamas in Gaza and will not accept a cease-fire that would prevent it from continuing its military operations in the future.
Willingness to agree
Despite the differences, negotiators are confident that there is a will to reach an agreement on both sides, at a time when Israeli troops are intensifying their operation against Hamas in southern Gaza. and amid pressure from the families of Netanyahu’s hostages. .
The mediation process was also shaken by the leak of an audio of Netanyahu in which he criticized Qatar, an important interlocutor of Hamas.
This is not the first time Burns has attended these conversations in person. The director of the CIA has already participated in those that led to the agreement in November, which allowed the release of one hundred captives of Hamas and two hundred Palestinian prisoners in Israel.
The process was rocked by a leaked audio of Netanyahu criticizing Qatar, a key Hamas interlocutor.
His shipment coincided with growing criticism of Joe Biden within his party for his staunch support for Israel. At a rally this week, the president was interrupted a dozen times by pro-Palestinian protesters.