Herzog told newsmen that “serious efforts” were being made, but that the fewer details
he revealed, “the better the chances of such a deal”.
Qatar, which has been mediating, also says a deal is within reach. Qatar’s Prime Minister
Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said on Sunday that only “very minor” practical
and logistical obstacles remain, adding that “we are close enough to reach a deal”.
Hamas took an estimated 240 people hostage during their October 7 attacks which
killed 1,200 Israelis, and retaliatory efforts by Isreal in Gaza has left over 13,000 dead
including women and children.