White House National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby spoke with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Sunday following the collapse of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and said that the US hopes to restore the deal.
"We're working litarlly by the hour to try to see if we can get these discussions back going forward, to see if can get the pause back into place and to get the hostages out. There's a constant effort on the United States's side to engage with our allies and partners to do exactly that," Kirby stated.
The Spokesman reiterated that the talks fell apart because Hamas was unwilling and refused to produce additional lists of women and children, which the US knows are being held by the terror organization, for them to be exchanged.
Kirby added that despite the deal's failure, the flow of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip is continuing.
Kirby estimated that of the 140 hostages still in Hamas captivity, eight are US citizens, yet their whereabouts and well-being are unknown.
The Spokesman also mentioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks that the Palestinian Authority, in its current state, can not rule Gaza. "What he said is right now, you have an unreformed PA, and that's unacceptable to him, I would say that's unacceptable to us, too. We don't believe the PA is in a position right now to be in credible control of governance in Gaza. But whatever it looks like, and I'm not saying it has to be the PA, it's got to be responsive and representative of the Palestinian people, and certainly Hamas is not that."