The United States is pushing for a ceasefire in Gaza in exchange for the release of hostages, but Hamas has rejected the proposal, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The six-week proposed ceasefire saw initial acceptance from Hamas’ leader Ismail Haniyeh. The Qatar-based terrorist reportedly agreed to the deal in the hopes of obtaining greater humanitarian aid and finding a way for Hamas to keep control in Gaza. However, the terror organization’s Gaza-based leader Yahya Sinwar has reportedly refused as he seeks further concessions from Israel.

During a recent visit to Israel, CIA Director William Burns met with Mossad chief David Barnea to discuss hostage negotiations.

“At this stage, Hamas is redoubling its position as one who is not interested in a deal and is aiming to ignite the region during Ramadan, at the expense of the Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip,” a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office read regarding the meeting.

“It should be emphasized that at all times, the negotiations and cooperation with the brokers are ongoing, in an attempt to reduce the gaps and advance agreements.”

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