WSJ: Hostage Release Delayed Because Hamas Has Not Signed Deal

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Families and friends of about 240 hostages held by Hamas in Gaza call for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring them home during a demonstration in Tel Aviv, Israel Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023. Israel's Cabinet was convening Tuesday to consider a possible deal for the release of some of the hostages held by Hamas in exchange for a temporary halt to Israel's military offensive in Gaza. Hamas captured the hostages in an Oct. 7 cross-border attack that killed at least 1,200 people and triggered an Israeli invasion of Gaza. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

ISRAEL (VINnews) — According to a report, the reason for the delay of the hostage release is because Hamas has not officially signed the agreement. In addition, the terror group has not been forthcoming about information critical to the arrangement.

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The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday night reported that while Hamas provided the names, genders and nationalities of most of the 50 hostages it is expected to release in the first phase, there was missing information about the fate of some of them.

In addition, Hamas has not yet signed the mechanism that would allow the release of the hostages.

An Israeli official reportedly told Kan 11 News that there is a 24-hour delay in the agreement’s execution, because it has not been signed by Hamas and Qatar.

“The Qataris informed us around 11:00 p.m. that Hamas has not yet signed the agreement and therefore there will be a delay in its implementation. We are optimistic that the plan will be implemented when the agreement is signed,” the official said.

Egyptian officials, who are in contact with Hamas leadership in Gaza, said they informed Qatar of the delay..

According to Arutz Sheva, an Israeli official who discussed the details of the planned release said that in the first phase at least, families of the hostages will not receive advance notice of the release of their loved ones.

“We don’t want to inform the families beforehand because we don’t trust Hamas. To cause distress to the family would be the worst thing. As soon as the people are in our hands, we will inform the families and bring them to the meeting point at the hospital. The first day will be a model for us regarding how to proceed,” he said.


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NYorker
NYorker
3 months ago

Just my hunch, it ain’t going to happen, Hamas is playing games

lazerx
lazerx
3 months ago

Sad and Stupid that we let Hamas determine what we can and can not do. We should set the terms and NOT THEM!
Did America let Japan set terms for surrender at end of WWII,
Did the Allies let Germany set terms for surrender at end of WWII???
So why do we have to be stupid???

Alta Bubby
Alta Bubby
3 months ago

Did u really think hamas would just go like sweet sheep to sign on deal they made?
Monsters

Hashem Yishmor
Hashem Yishmor
3 months ago

Their going to get a cease fire while stalling to sign. May Hashem return the hostages speedily.

Broodje Halfom
Broodje Halfom
2 months ago

From the river to the sea Israel shall be islamofascist FREE!!

lipale
lipale
3 months ago

SEEING IS BELEIVING ESPECIALLY WITH THESE MURDERERS

JFK Jr
JFK Jr
2 months ago

Exact manipulative psychological warfare Hamas excels at. Keep fighting keep pushing to kill as many Hamas as you can we don’t even know if hostages are not all niftar cv”s. Destroy Hamas. As soon as sinwar knows it’s over he will truly negotiate. He doesn’t want to be a shahid. He enjoys his luxury life the animal

Hashem Yishmor
Hashem Yishmor
3 months ago

They’re going to get the ceasefire while stalling to sign the deal.

Zumy
Zumy
2 months ago

When the Hamas barbarians were running back helter skelter with the bounty of hostages, to their hell holes in Gaza , do you think they had time to figure and list whom they had grabbed? It was every beast for himself and since the “innocent civilians” from Gaza came pouring through to plunder and pillage, they also grabbed some poor Israelis. Do you really think Hamas knows the whereabouts of all the hostages? I think that’s a tall order. Its also the reason that they are returning a pitifully small group, trying to maximize the concessions from Israel. The winning side never asks for a ceasefire. Only the losers because a ceasefire gives them time to regroup Hamas now gets aid into Gaza so they become “heroes” again. But Israel loses the momentum it has had with a very motivated and determined army.

Judge.Dayan
Judge.Dayan
2 months ago

It’s rumored that Hamas doled out hostages to other terror groups to watch. Hamas may not have enough control of those groups to get them back for the trade. They may not even know exactly where they are.