A The information was provided by Israeli and American officials to the Al-Jazeera news channel in Qatar – one of the countries mediating the negotiations, along with the United States and Egypt – and provided by American sources to the international press.

Israeli sources involved in the negotiations told British news agency Reuters that there was a real possibility that an agreement could be reached after Hamas made a counter-proposal, which it described as “a significant step forward”.

According to Israeli media, the head of Israel’s secret service, Mossad, will lead the delegation at the talks, which are due to take place on Friday in Qatar.

David Barnea will meet with Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani as part of efforts to reach an agreement, according to Israeli sources.

The US president applauded “the effort to close the deal” by the Israeli side, which comes a day after Hamas responded to a peace plan outlined by Joe Biden more than a month ago, according to a White House statement.

In a phone conversation, Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “discussed the recent response received from Hamas.”

“The President welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to authorize his negotiators to reach out to mediators from the United States, Qatar and Egypt in an effort to close the deal,” the Biden administration statement said.

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced that it was considering a response from the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas to a new proposal for a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the release of hostages held in the enclave.

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