Blinken is in Israel to continue negotiations

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is in Israel to hold crucial talks with high-ranking officials. The topic is a proposal for a permanent cessation of hostilities in Gaza in exchange for the release of hostages held by Hamas since October 7.

According to the Qatari Prime Minister, Hamas gave a "positive" response to the proposal but gave few details. Blinken said the United States was examining Hamas' response.