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US Says Netanyahu Backs Cease-Fire Plan as Hamas Delivers Answer

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Netanyahu's Support: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed his commitment to the cease-fire proposal during a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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Hamas Response: Hamas has responded to a UN Security Council resolution supporting the cease-fire, requesting some modifications and reassurances about the war's end.

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US Evaluation: The US is currently evaluating Hamas's response, with US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby indicating that Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar had signed off on it.

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Peace Plan: President Biden's three-phase peace plan, announced on May 31, includes an initial cease-fire, withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, and a permanent end to hostilities, along with the release of hostages in phases.

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Cease-Fire Conditions: Hamas seeks assurances of an automatic transition between the agreement's phases and a guarantee of a permanent cease-fire before any hostage and prisoner exchange.

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Ongoing Mediation: Efforts to mediate the conflict involve the US, Qatar, and Egypt, with Israel demanding Hamas's destruction as a condition for ending the war.

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Gaza Aid: Antony Blinken pledged over $400 million in US assistance for Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and the broader region during a stop in Jordan.

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International Pledges: Other nations, including the UK, pledged additional aid for Gaza, with the UN appealing for $2.8 billion in total.