US Secretary of State Blinken pushes for 'enduring' peace in Gaza

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with the leaders of Qatar to discuss what he calls an "enduring end" to the crisis in Gaza.

Blinken held a news conference with Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani on Tuesday in Doha. They said they have received a "positive" response from Hamas on a proposal to release hostages kidnapped by the militants in October.

Blinken added that Israeli leaders have also received the proposal and that the US is studying it "intensively." He added that he will discuss it with the Israelis when he meets them on Wednesday.

Blinken and Al-Thani also discussed a path to establishing a Palestinian state.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far resisted such calls. He met with service members on Monday and told them Israel will not end the war without achieving "absolute victory." The forces are ready to advance on the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where more than 1 million Palestinians have taken shelter.

Egypt has helped with deliveries of humanitarian aid through Rafah. Blinken met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo on Tuesday and thanked him for facilitating those efforts. They agreed that any deal to end the crisis must provide lasting peace for both Palestinians and Israelis.