Hamas has rejected the most recent Israeli proposal for a hostage release deal, CNN reported on Friday, citing a diplomat familiar with the discussions.

“They refused and asserted it doesn’t include any reply to their asks,” the diplomat said. Hamas believes “that Israeli proposal includes nothing new so they see no need to change their proposal,” the official told CNN.

Earlier this week, an Israeli proposal had been sent to Hamas which the diplomat said did not accept two key Hamas demands: That there be unrestricted return of Gazans to the north and the pullback of IDF troops.

A senior diplomatic official in Israel expressed optimism this week that a deal to return the hostages held by Hamas is possible in the near future.... Read More: Arutz-7