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”.https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2023/nov/18/israel-hamas-war-live-israel-issues-fresh-warning-to-leave-khan-younis-report-of-26-killed
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.