A PREDICTION by Joe Biden that a hostage deal could be done and dusted by Monday has left Israel flabbergasted.
Hamas, too, said it was impossible as they had not yet received details of a package thrashed out by negotiators in Paris.
Senior Israeli officials said in mid-week that they were unaware of any basis for Biden’s remarks that a hostage-for-ceasefire agreement in Gaza is imminent.
So was the American leader over-optimistic when he said: “My national security adviser tells me that we’re close. We’re close. We’re not done yet — my hope is by next Monday, we’ll have a ceasefire.”
The Israeli website Ynet said that the senior Israeli officials do not understand “what the American president’s optimism is based on”.
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