Hopes remain for Israel-Hamas truce despite stalled Cairo talks

As relayed by Ynetnews, Israeli officials familiar with the negotiations state that while military operations continue in Rafah, the possibility of a truce has not been completely abandoned. Israel is open to working towards an agreement if it receives “answers from Hamas that we can work with,” the unnamed officials told Ynet.

Despite the departure of negotiators from Cairo without a deal, hopes remain for a potential truce agreement between Israel and Hamas to pause the escalating violence in Gaza, according to reports from Israeli officials.

As relayed by Ynetnews, Israeli officials familiar with the negotiations state that while military operations continue in Rafah, the possibility of a truce has not been completely abandoned. Israel is open to working towards an agreement if it receives “answers from Hamas that we can work with,” the unnamed officials told Ynet.

On Thursday, negotiators from both sides left the Egyptian capital empty-handed after truce talks being mediated hit an impasse. However, Israeli officials suggest there is still a willingness to reach a negotiated settlement, provided Hamas demonstrates the necessary flexibility.

Any potential truce is expected to also include an exchange of prisoners held by the two sides. Securing the release of Israeli captives in Gaza remains a key priority for the government.

The prospect of diplomatic negotiations continues even as the Israel Defence Forces presses forward with its military offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. IDF operations aim to degrade Hamas’ militant capabilities and infiltration tunnels in the area.

Previous ceasefires between Israel and Hamas have repeatedly broken down amid violence and recriminations from both sides. Whether the current diplomacy can achieve a durable solution to end the latest flare-up remains uncertain.

Regional and international mediators like Egypt, Qatar and the United Nations are expected to continue facilitating dialogue. But with the underlying issues driving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unresolved, sustained calm may remain elusive.