The Biden administration is seeking to stop Israel's invasion of Gaza over hostage negotiations, according to a new report.
The news came as Israel has already launched some airstrikes on Gaza ahead of an expected ground invasion to root out Hamas terrorists.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 22, 2023
"President Biden and other US officials remained in down-to-the-wire talks to delay the Gaza invasion by Israel Defense Forces so that more hostages might be freed before the Palestinian territory dissolves further into a war zone," the New York Post reported.
“The [administration] pressed Israeli leadership to delay because of progress on the hostage front,” an official said after the release of two US citizens Friday.
Ex-NBC correspondent breathes 'huge sigh of relief' as two American relatives are released by Hamas https://t.co/8V1h8Ut8YE
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 21, 2023
"Former Israel-based NBC News correspondent Martin Fletcher reacted to the news Friday that two of his wife's relatives who had been taken hostage by Hamas were released," Fox News reported on Friday.
"My wife has been in touch with her family directly in Israel," Fletcher said Friday on MSNBC. "And she's been told that the hostages are now with the Red Cross in Israel. And that's as much as we know."
A small number of American hostages reportedly remain under the control of Hamas.
In addition, 203 Israelis are still held hostage by the terror group, according to the Israeli government.
Efforts continue to be made to secure the release of those being held captive but the negotiations are not stopping Israel from its preparations to enter Gaza in battle.
The Biden administration's push to slow the war to rescue hostages is understandable but the longer Israel waits the more difficult its response could become.