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US – and hostage releases

This from the Guardian:

There would be a “significant pause” in the Israel-Hamas war if hostages held by Hamas in Gaza are freed, a US official said.

Speaking at a security conference in Bahrain on Saturday, US president Joe Biden’s main Middle East adviser, Brett McGurk, said:

“The surge in humanitarian relief, the surge in fuel, the pause … will come when hostages are released,” Agence France-Presse reports.

He added that the humanitarian situation in Gaza was “horrific” and “intolerable”.

That appears to be an offer to trade humanitarian assistance to the civilian population of Gaza for the release of the hostages. I can well believe that is Israeli policy but I am surprised to see that it is endorsed by the US since this appears to mean the US is aligning itself with a deliberate policy of withholding humanitarian assistance to civilians by Israel, that is a humanitarian siege.