Netanyahu Says It Is Unclear If Hostage Deal Will Emerge

By Reuters
February 26, 2024Israel–Hamas War
Netanyahu Says It Is Unclear If Hostage Deal Will Emerge
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Dec. 31, 2023. (Abir Sultan/Pool via Reuters)

WASHINGTON—Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday said it was not clear yet whether a hostage deal would materialize from ongoing talks, declining to discuss specifics but saying the Islamist terrorist group Hamas needed to “come down to a reasonable situation.”

Mr. Netanyahu, speaking in an interview with CBS News, added he was meeting with staff later on Sunday to review a dual military plan that included the evacuation of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and an operation to destroy remaining Hamas battalions.

“If we have a deal, it will be delayed somewhat, but it will happen. If we don’t have a deal, we’ll do it anyway,” he told CBS.

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