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Qatar’s Mediation Poisoned with Anti-Jewish Hatred

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As Israel is still trying to rescue hostages abducted by Hamas on October 7, Qatar is reportedly taking a smaller role as mediator, with Egypt now picking up the slack. As Qatar continues to harbor the terror group Hamas, mixed messages about the future of that relationship abound. Wall Street Journal reported that Hamas is contemplating leaving Qatar. Then, Qatar said that Hamas will remain in the country so long as the terror group remains “useful” in negotiations. And then, Turkey Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan stated that he didn’t think either Hamas or Qatar wanted to part ways.

Regardless of the future of the Qatar-Hamas relationship, Qatar continues to show it is not an honest broker in securing the release of the hostages. Like Qatar’s statements shortly after October 7, Qatar continues to show itself as bigoted against Israel and the Jewish people, and yet another prominent voice in the jihad that is Hamas’ (and the Palestinian Authority’s) raison d’être. For example:

Qatar Promotes Violence Against Israel

This month, Al-Jazeera published a video from Hamas of an ambush of Israel soldiers. The video also called for Muslims to rise up against Israel in jihad.

In March, the Qatari daily Al-Watan published a poem by a Palestinian columnist calling for the Palestinians to execute another October 7th-like attack on April 7 in Tel Aviv.

In January, journalist Abdullah Al-Amadi, formerly an advisor to Qatar’s Minister of Education and Higher Education and the deputy-editor of the daily Al-Sharq, called for “…a second, third and tenth Al-Aqsa Flood, which will frighten it [Israel] and cut it down to size, for what was taken by force will only be restored by force.” The previous month, Al-Amadi had called to “liberate all of Palestine from the Zionist-Crusader enterprise” and “purge it of all the filth and contamination of the sons of Zion.”

In December 2023, a journalist in Qatar’s Al-Watan implored Arabs to “[t]each your children that this is a war of the Quran against the Talmud,” and that war against Israel was necessary “even if it is at the expense of feeding our children.”

Various Qatari newspapers ran a number of political cartoons during the course of the Hamas-Israel war glorifying Hamas’ missile attacks on Israel and fantasizing about Israel’s destruction. One political cartoon in the Qatari daily Al-Watan showed a Palestinian trying to push Israel into the sea, but is prevented by “silence, negligence, condemnation and other factors.”

Qatar Continues to Praise Hamas’ October 7 Attack

In January, Al-Jazeera published an article by Bassem Na’im, a member of Hamas’ political bureau and formerly a health minister in the Hamas government, where Na’im called the October 7 attack “heroic” and “a scaled-down model of the final war of liberation and the disappearance of the Zionist occupation.”

The Qatari press also gushed praise on Saleh Al-Arouri, one of the masterminds of the October 7 attacks after he was assassinated by Israel in January 2024. Various Qatari outlets described him as “a daring fighter,” “a hero of the resistance,” “a great national leader,” and of course, a “martyr.”

Qatar Promotes Baseless Libels Against Israel and the Jews

This month, Qatari representative to the Arab Parliament, Shura Council Member Essa bin Ahmad Al-Nassr, stated flatly that “there can be no peace or negotiations with the Zionist entity,” because Judaism condones “deception, the violation of agreements and lies.” He added that “[t]hey only accept one thing, killing” and that “they are the slayers of the prophets.” Finally, Al-Nassr stated that Hamas’ October 7 attack would bring about the “annihilation of the corruption that the Zionist entity has spread…”

In March, Qatar’s state run media Al-Jazeera spread the false libel that the IDF raped a Gazan woman during its war against Hamas. This libel ran on the media outlet for over a day. A Jordanian reporter who previously had worked for Al-Jazeera admitted that the story was false, and stated that “the woman who spoke about rape justified her exaggeration and incorrect talk by saying that the goal was to arouse the nation’s fervor and brotherhood!”

Also in March, Al-Jazeera spread another false libel that the “Israeli settlers [were] storm[ing] Al-Aqsa [mosque in Jerusalem] under the protection of the Israeli police,” when in fact the footage they ran showed Israeli police forcibly ejecting an Israeli from the grounds of Al-Aqsa.

Qatar does not have Israel’s best interest in mind during its tenure as hostage negotiator. Over nearly seven months since October 7, Qatar continues to espouse the anti-Israel, anti-Jewish vitriol that it did right after October 7, and even before. Israel should fire Qatar from its job as negotiator, and re-evaluate its relationship with the country in a post-war Gaza. The United States should also significantly scale back its relations with Qatar as well, and do more to promote and expand the Abraham Accords.

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Trump appointee explains an ‘America First Strategy’ in the ME

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The author interviewed Ellie Cohanim, one of the authors of the new book: “An America First Approach to US National Security.” Ellie is the former U.S. Deputy Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism under the Trump administration. She is currently a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum focusing on Iran, Israel, and global antisemitism, and is a national security contributor for the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 2021, Ellie launched and hosted for Jewish News Syndicate 30 plus episodes of the show “Global Perspectives with Ellie Cohanim.” Ellie spent 15 years in media and NGO management before serving in the public sector. How would you define an “America First” strategy in the Middle East?

Cohanim: An America First strategy in the Middle East would seek to advance American national security interests in that region, while maintaining our status as THE global superpower. To do that, the US would ensure that our principal allies in the region, countries like Saudi Arabia and Israel, are economically and militarily strong, and that our adversaries in the region are deterred.

Postal: How has the United States’ standing in the Middle East differed between the Trump and Biden administrations?

Cohanim: Under President Trump, for four years we had peace, stability and prosperity in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Under President Biden, in just three tumultuous years there has been war in the region, which holds the potential for becoming a regional conflict and even a nuclear confrontation. Meanwhile, the US’ status in the region and the world has diminished due to Biden’s disastrous mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his emboldening of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and his weak response to Iranian attacks on our personnel and assets in the region. 

 

Postal: Do you think the United States and Israel are/were in a stronger position to deter Iran’s nuclear and territorial ambitions in Biden or Trump’s administration?

Cohanim: America’s position of strength has not changed under either administration vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic of Iran. What has changed is our Iran policy. Under President Trump’s administration, the US contained and constrained Tehran. Trump applied a “Maximum Pressure” sanctions campaign which left the Iranian Regime with only $4 billion in accessible foreign currency reserves by the end of his term, giving the Iranians less cash and less ability to fund their terror proxies and their nuclear program, and Trump eliminated Qassem Soleimani. While all President Biden needed to do was to continue implementing such successful policies, his administration instead did the exact opposite.  Under the Biden administration, Israel, our leading ally in the region, was attacked for the first time directly from Iranian soil. This was an unprecedented escalatory attack by the Iranian regime, and could only happen under the Biden administration.

Postal: In your chapter of the book, you discuss the weakening of US relations with Israel and Saudi Arabia under the Biden administration. How has the Biden administration affected the likelihood of future normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia, and deals between Israel and other Muslim countries (i.e., new Abraham Accords)?

Cohanim: The good news is that the Abraham Accords have withstood the test of multiple Hamas provocations against Israel, and now the current war. Despite numerous claims from the Biden administration regarding “successful” efforts to normalize ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel, I do not think that the Biden administration will be able to clinch such a deal. In the Middle East, people have a long memory. Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has not forgotten President Biden’s snub when he first came into office, and Biden’s incredibly poorly advised behavior towards the Crown Prince when he made his first visit to the Kingdom as president. The last thing the Crown Prince wants is to hand Biden his first foreign policy success with a Rose Garden peace deal ceremony. So, I do not believe President Biden can broker Saudi/Israeli normalization.

However, I am also convinced that it is a matter of “when” and not “if” such a peace deal will happen between those two countries, as it serves both of their interests to make such a deal. The Saudis understand better than anyone that it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that threatens the Kingdom’s security and stability, not Israel.

Postal: What do you think of the Biden administration’s latest statements withholding arms to Israel?

Cohanim: President Biden will go down in history for his abject moral failure in not standing by Israel while she fights a five-front war. Biden has shown his despicable personality for trying to keep his anti-Israel arms embargo concealed until he could first deliver a speech on the Holocaust. Biden’s behavior is despicable on so many levels.

Ultimately, Biden is betraying the American people. He came into office presenting himself as a “centrist Democrat,” but has proven repeatedly to be beholden to the radical, extremist, pro-Hamas wing of his party.

Postal: How does the Biden administration’s support of a Palestinian state differ from the Trump administration’s support of a Palestinian state under its Peace to Prosperity framework?

Cohanim: The Biden administration stated that they will “unilaterally recognize” a Palestinian state. What the borders of that state are and who would lead it, nobody knows. 

The Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” was a detailed plan that was premised on the realities on the ground in Israel. The plan required that the Palestinians reach benchmarks proving a real desire to live in peace with their Israeli neighbors. It included over $50 billion in investment in the region, which would have been a road to prosperity for all. Perhaps most significantly, the Palestinian state envisioned under the Trump plan would have been demilitarized, the wisdom of which could not be more clear following the October 7 massacre and attack.

The author would like to thank Ellie Cohanim for participating in this interview.

 

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