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Hamas rebuffs Blinken blame for elusive ceasefire

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By Raffi Berg, BBC News

(BBC) – Hamas has pushed back after being criticised by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for not yet accepting a ceasefire proposal, saying it had shown “positivity” towards the negotiations.

The group said it had “dealt positively… with the latest proposal and all proposals to reach a ceasefire agreement”.

It said, in contrast, “while Blinken continues to talk about ‘Israel’s’ approval of the latest proposal, we have not heard any Israeli official voicing approval”.

Mr Blinken has repeatedly said that Israel has accepted a ceasefire proposal outlined by President Biden on 31 May. Israel’s government has not officially said so, though an Israeli plan formed the basis for Mr Biden’s declaration.

Speaking in Qatar on Wednesday, Mr Blinken expressed frustration with Hamas’s response to the Israeli ceasefire proposal, which the group delivered on Tuesday.

The details of the response have not been made public, though Mr Blinken said Hamas had proposed changes, some of which, he said, were unworkable.

“At some point in a negotiation – and this has gone back and forth for a long time – you get to a point where if one side continues to change its demands, including making demands and insisting on changes for things that it already accepted, you have to question whether they’re proceeding in good faith or not.”

But in a series of statements on Wednesday night, Hamas questioned whether Israel had actually accepted either the plan or a UN Security Council resolution endorsing it.

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