Israel Mossad chief travels to Cairo for Gaza talks

AFP , Tuesday 13 Feb 2024

Israel's spy chief was headed to Cairo Tuesday for talks with his Egyptian and US counterparts on a Gaza truce proposal, Israeli officials told AFP, as discord mounts over the war.

David Barnea
File Photo: Israel s Mossad Director David Barnea speaks during the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism s World Summit in the central coastal city of Herzliya. AFP

 

Mossad director David Barnea will meet CIA chief William Burns, Israeli officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the discussions.

They will be joined in the Egyptian capital by Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani and Egyptian intelligence officials, who have brokered previous Gaza ceasefires.

Washington sources familiar with developments confirmed Monday that Burns is expected in Cairo for talks on a Qatari-brokered truce proposal after Israel rejected the initial response last week from Gaza rulers Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to keep up Israel's campaign to "destroy Hamas" by sending troops into Gaza's southern city of Rafah, where some 1.4 million people have sought shelter.

State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said Monday that the US does "not support a full-scale military operation" without a "credible plan" for civilians in Rafah.

Miller's remarks came hours after Israeli forces rescued two of its captives held in Gaza in an operation accompanied by blistering air strikes, which killed around 100 Palestinians, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

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