Israeli officials to assess Hamas ceasefire offer amid escalating tensions

The delegation heading to Cairo consists of mid-level envoys, indicating that key decision-makers would join if a viable deal were on the table.

In response to the latest ceasefire proposal from Hamas, a team of mid-ranking Israeli officials is set to travel to Cairo to evaluate the terms of the offer. Reuters news agency reported a senior Israeli official stating that the current proposal is deemed unacceptable by Israel, prompting the need for further assessment.

The delegation heading to Cairo consists of mid-level envoys, indicating that key decision-makers would join if a viable deal were on the table.

Simultaneously, Israeli tanks have seized control of the Rafah crossing on the Gaza-Egypt border, following overnight advancements and airstrikes on residential areas. Despite Hamas accepting a ceasefire proposal mediated by Qatar and Egypt, Israel has affirmed its commitment to the military operation in Rafah. P

rime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office expressed reservations about the proposal’s alignment with Israel’s demands but confirmed sending a delegation to Cairo for negotiations.

The looming threat of an Israeli military assault on Rafah has raised concerns among UN agencies and aid organizations, warning of catastrophic consequences for civilians. Tens of thousands of Palestinians were evacuated ahead of potential attacks, highlighting the urgency of diplomatic efforts to prevent further casualties.

The death toll in Gaza from Israeli attacks since October 7 has reached 34,789, with 78,204 wounded, while Israel has reported 1,139 fatalities from Hamas’s initial attacks, with several individuals still held captive. The situation remains tense as both sides navigate delicate negotiations amidst escalating violence and humanitarian crises in the region.