Officials in the Biden administration have discussed the option of negotiating a unilateral deal with Hamas to release five Americans being held hostage in Gaza if negotiations between the terror organization and Israel fall through, NBC News reported on Monday citing two current senior U.S. officials and two former senior U.S. officials.

According to the report, in such a case, the negotiations would leave out Israel and be conducted through Qatari mediators, as current talks have been.

White House officials declined to comment.

The officials told NBC News that they did not know what the US would give Hamas in exchange for the release of American hostages. However, according to them, Hamas is likely to gain from such a deal since it further harms US-Israel ties and puts additional pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.... Read More: Arutz-7