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Hamas' response 'the best' Israel received, will Netanyahu scuttle deal?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved Mossad chief David Barnea's trip to Qatar for further talks, but amid his far-right partners' objections, the move does not signal commitment to sealing a deal.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JUNE 29: Families of hostages and supporters set a fire during a demonstration calling for an hostages deal and against the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on June 29, 2024 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Saturday night anti-government protest have occurred weekly for months, amid calls by many Israelis for Prime Minister Netanyahu to prioritize the return of hostages held in Gaza over the defeat of Hamas. Netanyahu has recently distanced himself further from a US-backed ceasefire proposal

TEL AVIV — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reluctantly approved Mossad Chief David Barnea's Friday departure for Doha for yet another round of indirect talks with Hamas, as security officials fear Netanyahu is not committed to reaching a deal and will try to push the talks further down the road. 

This week, Hamas delivered comments via Qatar on the Israeli proposal for a hostage release and cease-fire deal revealed by President Joe Biden at the end of May. 

Israeli security sources described the comments to Al-Monitor as a breakthrough, compared with Hamas' earlier response on June 11. 

Netanyahu reported his decision to dispatch Barnea to President Joe Biden in a 30-minute telephone conversation Thursday. Previous negotiating rounds had also started out with great hope, only to collapse under Netanyahu’s double dealing — advancing a hostage deal while putting up obstacles to it under pressure from his government's hard-liners, who oppose any concessions to Hamas.

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