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US Accuses Hamas of Blocking Hostage Release Agreement and Ceasefire in Gaza

Israel has moved in a “significant way” but Hamas is the obstacle for a deal to end the fighting in Gaza and free the hostages, a US State Department spokesman said on Monday. Matthew Miller.

Hamas rejected the latest deal proposal and said any new hostage deal must mean an end to the war in Gaza and the withdrawal of all Israeli forces.

“Israel made a lot of progress by presenting that proposal. And there was an agreement on the table that would achieve much of what Hamas claims it wants to achieve, and they did not accept that agreement,” Miller said at a press conference.

The United States continues to seek an agreement that would allow a ceasefire in at least six weeks and allow more aid into Gaza, Miller added.

The president of the United States, Joe Biden reaffirmed this Monday his commitment to negotiations to achieve a temporary ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of Israeli hostages, while stressing that Washington “is committed to Israel’s security” after Iran’s attack.

“We are committed to the security of Israel,” he said in statements to the media before beginning a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with the Iraqi prime minister. Mohamed Shea al Sudani.

“We are committed to a ceasefire that brings the hostages back and prevents these conflicts from spreading any further than they already have,” he added.

The king of Jordan, Abdullah II and the president of Irak, Abdellatif Rashid, They affirmed this Monday that a truce in the Gaza Strip and a solution to the Palestinian cause would put an end to the current escalation of tension in the Middle East after Iran’s retaliatory attack against Israel.

The Iraqi president met with the Jordanian monarch on an official visit to Amman, where both leaders warned that “what the region is witnessing can lead to a further escalation and threaten security and stability” from across the Middle East, according to a statement from the Royal Court of Jordan.

Abdullah II and Rashid “underlined the need to reach an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and work for a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue that guarantees the fulfillment of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians and ends the cycle of violence in the region “added the note.

Likewise, the Jordanian monarch expressed his country’s support for the security and stability of Iraq, which since the outbreak of the Gaza war has served as a battlefield for pro-Iranian militias and American forces, something that Baghdad has repeatedly condemned forcefully.

Jordan is at the center of criticism from its population and other Arab countries for helping Israel – along with the US and France – to intercept 99% of missiles and drones launched on Saturday by Iran, most of which were stopped outside Israeli airspace.

The Israeli authorities have highlighted the “unique relationship” between Jordan and Israel, since the Hashemite kingdom allowed Israeli fighter jets to maneuver over its airspace to intercept Iranian projectiles.

Iran has ended its offensive, but has warned that it will counterattack if Israel responds, while a large part of the international community has asked Israel, explicitly or implicitly, to restrain itself and opt for dialogue to resolve tensions with Tehran.

(With information from Reuters, AFP and EFE)

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