Blinken leaves Israel after talks; Netanyahu rebuffs Hamas terms on Gaza deal

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken left Tel Aviv Thursday after holding talks with Israeli officials, ending his Middle East tour that sought to broker the release of hostages in exchange for a cessation of hostilities in Gaza. Blinken said Wednesday that Hamas’s response to a deal proposal included some “non-starters” but created space to “pursue negotiations.”

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