Although the truce agreement between Israel and Hamas, a terrorist organization, was on the verge of falling apart, with both sides accusing each other of not living up to their end of the bargain, Qatar has stepped up its efforts in persuading Israeli officials to extend the ceasefire in the Middle East war.
Qatari officials recently landed at Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport, where negotiators from the Arab country immediately began to work to save the truce agreement between Israel and Hamas amid diplomatic escalations.
Interestingly, Qatar’s visit to Israel comes despite the country’s unwavering support for Hamas terrorists, as reported by the Associated Press (AP).
Hamas leaders spotted feasting in Qatar 🇶🇦, hosted by the Emir of Qatar.
Dying in Gaza is only for peasants. pic.twitter.com/Y1u2Cky31u
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) November 21, 2023
“This is something we’ve never seen before,” a senior fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel, Yoel Guzansky, said of Qatar’s visit to the Holy Land, adding, “It’s the only external actor in the world with that much leverage on Hamas, because of its many years of support.”
The truce agreement between the Jewish State and Hamas was set to expire on Nov. 28, 2023, but in light of Qatar’s efforts, Israel and Hamas have agreed to extend their pause in fighting for an additional two days.
The Associated Press reported that Qatar’s communication with the Jewish State since 1995 and the country’s support for terrorist-run Gaza equips it with the ability to serve as a mediator in the Middle East war.
“We need Qatar,” Guzansky said of the Holy Land. “Qatar is seen as the only player in the Arab world that is loyal to the Palestinian cause.”
Since 2012, Qatar has hosted a political office for Hamas, allowing the Arab country to influence some of the terrorist organization’s decisions, per the AP.
Some high-ranking Hamas officials, including Hamas political bureau head Haled Mashall, live in Qatar.
Qatar’s support for Hamas and other radical Islamist groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, has led the country to be lambasted by some U.S. officials.
“This is soft power on steroids, mobilized for America’s interest,” former U.S. ambassador to Qatar, Patrick Theros, said, adding, “Hosting organizations which the United States cannot be seen talking to is part of this policy.”