Biden administration official: “The framework exists'' Said on a background press call on Saturday. “The Israeli side basically agreed to the elements of the deal. And now the ball is in Hamas' court.”

Start of Ramadan on March 10th is considered unofficial deadline This is to secure a temporary ceasefire agreement. Israeli officials are warned If no deal is reached by then, they plan to launch a ground offensive in Rafah, Gaza's southernmost city.

The NSC did not respond to requests for comment.