Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Stalemate As Sullivan Says ‘The Ball Is In Hamas’ Court’



Hamas is reportedly still holding consultations on a ceasefire and hostage release proposal that was drafted last week as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken returns to the Middle East to rally support for the deal.

The New York Times reports that a Hamas-affiliated broadcaster said on Sunday the Palestinian group was still in discussion over the proposals that would see Israel halt hostilities in the Gaza Strip in return for the release of the remaining Israeli hostages held by Hamas since its Oct. 7 assault on Israel.

Speaking on CBS Face The Nation on Sunday, Jake Sullivan, national security adviser to the president, said: “The ball is in Hamas’ court at this time.”

And on NBC Meet The Press, he said: “At this point, it’s up to Hamas to come forward and respond to what is a serious proposal.”

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