Israeli destructive operation in the Gaza Strip caused Hamas to soften its stance in ceasefire negotiations, according to a report in the Associated Press Monday.

Citing Middle Eastern and US officials, the report said the nine-month war led Hamas to drop a demand that Israel permanently end hostilities for a ceasefire deal.

This notion has been repeated by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who put forth non-negotiable principles for continued talks. The Associated Press report said Hamas leaders urged the terrorist group to accept the ceasefire deal advanced by US President Joe Biden.

According to US officials who remain anonymous in the report, American intelligence believes there are significant divisions in Hamas over the deal, with Gazan leader Yahya Sinwar willing to stick out the war despite Israel leveling large parts of Gaza.... Read More: i24