Gaza truce talks in Paris reportedly making ‘significant progress’ – POLITICO

According to Hamas, these talks come at a time when air strikes killed about a hundred people in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

International efforts to broker a ceasefire appeared to gain momentum again this week after Brett McGurk, a senior US envoy to the Middle East, met with Israeli leaders.

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out a post-war plan that would seek unfettered control over security and civilian affairs in the Gaza Strip. The plan was immediately rejected by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

Bezalel Smotrich, Israel’s finance minister, also presented a plan on Thursday to build 3,300 new homes in West Bank settlements in response to Hamas’ attack on October 7.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken responded on Friday, saying Washington was “disappointed” by the plan, adding that new settlements “are contrary to international law,” according to media reports.

“Our administration remains firmly opposed to settlement expansion, and in our view this only weakens, not strengthens, Israel’s security,” Blinken said. The Trump administration had reversed US policy by declaring that the settlements did not violate international law.

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