Blinken: Hamas response to hostage proposal is unworkable

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks to reporters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. (U.S. State Department photo by Chuck Kennedy)
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken talks to reporters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

(JNS) — Hamas’s official response to Israel’s hostages-for-ceasefire proposal included modifications that are not workable, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

“Hamas has proposed numerous changes to the proposal that was on the table. … Some of the changes are workable, some are not,” Blinken said in a press conference alongside Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Doha.

“A deal was on the table that was virtually identical to the proposal that Hamas made on May 6—a deal that the entire world is behind, a deal Israel has accepted. Hamas could have answered with a single word: ‘Yes,’” the secretary said.

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