Hamas Blames Blinken as Ceasefire Deal Falters – EVOL

A Hamas spokesman stated on Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is “part of the problem, not the solution.” This comment came as Blinken urged the Palestinian militant group to agree to a ceasefire deal.

This week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been traveling in the Middle East following a United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed the administration’s proposal for a ceasefire and hostage release. The U.S. administration announced that Israel had accepted this proposal.

Under U.S. pressure, Israel agreed to the proposal while emphasizing its goal of dismantling Hamas’s military and governing capabilities. President Biden incorrectly claimed that the proposal originated from Israel, a statement that Israeli officials denied.

The administration has been urging Hamas to accept the deal and has asked countries with influence over Hamas to apply pressure for its acceptance. However, so far, Hamas has only taken advantage of U.S. concessions and demanded more.

The proposal was, the State Department said last week, “virtually identical” to past Hamas proposals. However at the time President Joe Biden announced the proposal, Hamas had rejected similar plans.

The sticking point, for Hamas, is that the proposal does not explicitly guarantee that Israel will stop

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