KEY POINTS
  • Officials said that Israel-Hamas hostage negotiations are nearing their final phase and a deal could be reached this week.
  • Even as the deal inches closer to completion, officials have been clear that nothing has been formally settled.
  • A deal could potentially release more than dozens of Hamas' over 200 hostages and lead to a temporary pause in fighting.
A woman with a child walks next to the wall with pictures, dedicated to hostages that are being held in Gaza after they were kidnapped from Israel by Hamas gunmen on October 7, as families and supporters of hostages hold a demonstration calling for their immediate release in Tel Aviv, Israel November 3, 2023. 

A deal between Israel and the militant group Hamas to release some hostages could be reached in the coming days, though no terms have been finalized yet, according to several U.S. officials.

"We think that we are closer than we have been, perhaps at any point since these negotiations began weeks ago," U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor Jonathan Finer said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."