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White House seeks Israel-Hamas hostage deal in ‘coming days' — Netanyahu says ‘it's too soon to say'

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it’s uncertain whether Hamas will agree to a new framework for a hostage deal. He mentioned that if the deal is finalized, Israel’s planned attack on Rafah would need to be postponed. The White House expressed hope for a final deal in the coming days. Negotiators from Israel, Egypt, Qatar, and the U.S. made progress on the framework during a meeting in Paris. The deal would involve the release of Hamas hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners and a temporary ceasefire. Israel Defense Forces are preparing for the Rafah attack, but Netanyahu hopes the hostage deal will come through.