Arabian Gulf

Source declared that Qatar wants to normalize ties with Israel with a condition

A source participating in the discussions said that Qatar is preparing to make a deal with Israel as early as next month, and he added that when it will happen, it will present a radical change from the current position of Doha that right now denies the possibility of recognizing the Jewish state without solving the Palestinian front.

In a confidential conversation with Sputnik, which is an anonymous source in the Gulf that related to the highest levels of government in many countries, reported that Doha is now thinking about the option of normalizing relations with Israel with the intervention of the US.

This announcement appears with a large criticism that has been directed at the United Arab Emirates for making an agreement with Israel; the voice of Qatar was one of the highest voices.

Apart from the debates over the deal and its position on the Palestinian issue, the media of Qatari has also launched a large campaign aimed at de-legitimizing the UAE and harming its stance on the international arena.

The same source and when he spoke about the possible deal between Qatar and Israel, he explained that it might form as early as next month, becoming a third Gulf state to set an official deal with the Jewish state.

Sanctions Bite

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt, in 2017, stopped their ties with Qatar, suspended trade, and closed their air space with the Gulf country, and they accused Qatar of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood movement, considered a terror organization in several states of the region.

Actually, this boycott has been hard on Doha, for example, in 2017, immediately after the declaration of the boycott, Qatar was obliged to lay off many foreign workers and reduce the salaries of others, which imposing numerous to quit the Gulf state. Moreover, it was reported, two years later, that Qatari airlines lost some $639 million as a result of the sanctions, while the international standing of Doha has been dealt a severe blow.

Indeed, Qatar and to return to its position, it intensified its engagement in mediation efforts between Israel and Hamas, which is an organization that governs the Gaza Strip and has been considered a terrorist organization by the Jewish state. Despite Israel has always been careful of the involvement of Doha, the millions of dollars it kept pouring into the Islamic group’s coffers was able to keep the border with the enclave quiet.

It was recently reported that Doha was managed to set an agreement with Hamas to stop the launch of its incendiary balloons into Israeli territory in exchange for a monthly movement of Qatari millions.

But the source in the Gulf declared that Qatar now wants to play a bigger role in those mediation efforts, something that could only be possible if it set official relations with the Jewish state. The US President Donald Trump, and shortly after the UAE and Bahrain signed their deal with Israel, reported that five other countries will do the same in the next months.

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