Netanyahu Signals Imminent Ground Offensive in Rafah Amid Ceasefire Talks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that a ground offensive in Rafah is imminent, though no specific timing was provided. He emphasized the necessity of entering Rafah for a decisive victory over Hamas. Meanwhile, Hamas indicated dissatisfaction with an Israeli proposal mediated by Egypt and Qatar.

Discussions involving Israel, Hamas, the US, Egypt, and Qatar are ongoing to negotiate a ceasefire and the release of hostages. Netanyahu reaffirmed his commitment to a ground offensive in Rafah, despite international pressure to refrain from military action in the densely populated area.

Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir warned that abandoning plans for the Rafah offensive could jeopardize Netanyahu's coalition support. The US State Department expressed concern over the potential impact of a ground offensive on civilians and reiterated the need for a credible plan to address their safety.

Hamas rejected the Israeli proposal mediated by Egypt and Qatar, describing it as insufficient. Negotiations continue as Israel seeks a "prisoners-for-hostages" deal while Hamas insists on an end to the military offensive and the return of displaced Palestinians to their homes.

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