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Netanyahu Signals Openness to Cease-Fire but Wants Option to Resume Fighting

Posted on AllSides June 3rd, 2024
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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed cautious support for an initiative by President Biden to end the war in Gaza, with the Israeli leader saying on Monday that he is open to a temporary cease-fire to release hostages but wants a free hand to resume fighting Hamas.

Netanyahu’s position raises questions about whether an agreement can be reached. Hamas has said the two sides must agree to end the fighting now and is pushing for written guarantees that Israel won’t restart after an initial pause.

The Israeli leader told lawmakers in private remarks...

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