White House urges Hamas to release hostages as relatives meet with Harris

The White House pushed back on calls for a ceasefire in the IsraelHamas conflict by calling for the terrorist group to release hostages it has held for six months.

“You have a party, Hamas, who is holding innocent people that it took hostage a long time ago,” National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said. “There could be a ceasefire in place today that would extend for several weeks, to be built upon longer, if Hamas would be prepared to release some of those people.”

Sullivan complained that his point “doesn’t get a lot of attention” from “the commentariat” when it comes to the war and calls for a ceasefire.

As he spoke, vice president Kamala Harris met with the families of American hostages being held in Gaza.
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