The U.S. says they are closer to a deal with Hamas and the hope is one will be reached in the next few days. At the same time, there are some concerns about if Israel is following international law, regarding attacks on Hamas.
Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer says a deal with Hamas could happen.
“We need to adhere to the Mantra that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”
At the same time the World Health Organization says one of Gaza’s main hospitals has stopped functioning.
Questions are being raised around whether Israel is following international law regarding attacks on Hamas. Finer would not say.
“It is our position that all countries including Israel, including the United States, need to adhere to laws of armed conflict.”
Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said the U.S. and Israel should be more transparent with information that Hamas already knows.
“The only people who don’t know it or the American public and there is reliable intelligence that can and should be released.”
Maryland Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin recently called for a ceasefire, and he said a two-state solution is the only way to end the cycle of violence.
“There’s got to be a democratic Palestinian state that emerges from this nightmare that is safe and secure, and we have a safe and secure Israel to go with it.”
The U.S. would support a humanitarian pause which could come from a hostage deal.