Netanyahu says it is unclear if hostage deal will emerge

By Thomson Reuters Feb 25, 2024 | 8:36 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday said it was not clear yet whether a hostage deal would materialize from ongoing talks, declining to discuss specifics but saying the Islamist militant group Hamas needed to “come down to a reasonable situation.”

Netanyahu, speaking in an interview with CBS News, added he was meeting with staff later on Sunday to review a dual military plan that included the evacuation of Palestinian civilians in Gaza and an operation to destroy remaining Hamas battalions.

“If we have a deal, it will be delayed somewhat, but it will happen. If we don’t have a deal, we’ll do it anyway,” he told CBS.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Kevin Liffey)