- A US hostage could possibly be freed by Hamas quickly, the White Home stated.
- Jake Sullivan, the White Home’s nationwide safety adviser stated they have been hoping for a “second of pleasure.”
- President Joe Biden has been criticized for the absence of US residents launched within the hostage deal.
A US hostage might quickly be freed by Hamas as a truce between Israel and Gaza goes into impact, the White Home stated.
“We will watch this hour by hour and hopefully have a second of pleasure,” Jake Sullivan, the White Home’s nationwide safety advisor, advised ABC Information.
One US hostage could possibly be launched from Gaza as we speak as a part of a prisoner alternate and four-day cease-fire between Israel and Hamas within the wake of Hamas’ October 7 terror assault, the White Home’s nationwide safety adviser stated.
“This primary set of hostages, 50 hostages over 4 days, is ladies and youngsters.” Jake Sullivan advised ABC Information that three Individuals have been in that class — two ladies and one baby. “We’ve got motive to imagine a type of Individuals can be launched as we speak,” he stated.
He warned, nonetheless, that this can’t be assured. “Till we really see her protected and sound. We can not have 100% certainty that it’s going to occur.”
Sullivan stated the momentary cease-fire could possibly be prolonged in alternate for Hamas releasing extra of the 200-plus captives who’re considered held in Gaza.
“If the pause stops, the duty for that rests on the shoulders of Hamas, not on the shoulders of Israel,” Sullivan stated.
Political tensions had been brewing within the US over the absence of US residents within the preliminary group of hostages launched by Hamas, Newsweek reported.
President Joe Biden confronted criticism on social media after the primary batch of hostages launched by Hamas didn’t embody any Individuals, per Newsweek. The discharge of fifty hostages in alternate for 150 Palestinian ladies and youngsters and the supply of humanitarian help sparked a conservative backlash, questioning Biden’s position within the negotiations.
Former President Donald Trump warned of a bleak final result for US hostages in Gaza. Trump criticized Hamas for not releasing any Individuals, attributing it to a scarcity of respect for the US and its management.
Regardless of the absence of US hostages’ return, Biden attributed the hostage settlement’s success to in depth US diplomacy and pledged relentless efforts till all hostages have been returned.
Whereas there isn’t any official affirmation of the precise variety of American hostages held by Hamas, considerations persist as the delicate truce continues.