The U.S. is “closer than we have been in quite some time” to broker a deal with Israel and Hamas to release hostages being held in Gaza, deputy national security adviser Jon Finer said Sunday.
“I believe we are closer than we have been in quite some time, maybe closer than we have been since the beginning of this process, to getting this deal done. And we are following this minute by minute, hour by hour, and have been for a number of weeks,” Finer said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Finer was responding to questions regarding Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Thani telling reporters Sunday that negotiations for hostage releases have improved, and only “very minor” logistical hurdles stood in the way.
“The deal is going through ups and downs from time to time throughout the last few weeks,” the Qatari leader said. “But I think that you know I’m now more confident that we are close enough to reach a deal that can bring the people safely back to their home.”
Finer explained that he would not go into more details on the negotiations until they are finalized.