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GAZA WAR DIARY: 1 MAY 2024

Let’s talk about Qatar. An oil rich Gulf State, Qatar has long supported the Al Nusra Front, designated by the US in 2012 as a foreign terrorist organization, and the Al Qaeda branch in Syria. But most of all, Qatar is the most important financial backer and foreign ally of the Hamas terrorist organization, filling its coffers with close to 2 billion dollars . This Qatari money has built Gaza’s terror tunnels. It has financed, armed, trained, and encouraged Hamas terrorists to commit numerous barbaric attacks against Israel including the Park Hotel Passover Massacre in 2001 (which narrowly missed me and my family) and the savage Nukhba forces which on October 7, 2023 murdered, sexually assaulted, burned alive, and kidnapped thousands of Israelis on the border with Gaza. And if that’s not enough, Qatar is the owner of the virulently antisemitic and anti-Israeli Al Jazeera network, whose reporters were proven to have taken part in the October 7 massacre.

And yet, despite these multiple smoking guns, Qatar is somehow now been magically transformed by the West and Israel into the main “negotiator” and middleman, bargaining for the return of Israeli hostages who were brutally kidnapped and held hostage by that same organization whose main supporter they are!

None of this makes any sense.

A little history. In 2005, Qatar and Turkey were the only countries to back Hamas when the PLO threw them out of the Gaza Strip. The former Emir of Qatar was the first world leader to visit Gaza after Hamas seized the territory by force in 2007. Both countries political parties reportedly gained popular support for the move. In 2008, Qatar invited Khaled Meshaal to a summit in Doha and seated him next to then Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, who pledged $250 million to Hamas “to repair the damage caused by Israel in the Israeli war on Gaza.”

These events caused Qatar to become the main player in the “Palestinian issue.” Qatar called Gaza’s blockade unjust and immoral, which prompted the Hamas government in Gaza, including former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, to thank Qatar for their “unconditional” support.

Israel, instead of opposing this, was in favor!

At the source of this insanity was Benjamin Netanyahu, who for years supported the mistaken and dangerous concept that Qatar’s payments to Hamas would somehow turn Hamas into an effective counterweight to the Palestinian Authority, preventing the establishment of a Palestinian state. According to a Qatari official interviewed by Der Spiegel in 2023, in consultation with the US and Israeli governments, Qatar transfferred $30 million a month (!!!) to Hamas. About a third of Qatari support is in the form of fuel that Hamas authorities sell for cash. Hamas collects generous kickbacks from salaries and other aid flowing into Gaza.

In 2011, Barack Obama personally asked Qatar to provide a base for the Hamas leadership, allegedly “to ease communications with the group.” In 2012, Khaled Meshal relocated from Syria to Qatar and in 2016, the current head of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, moved to Doha. Both are now multi-billionaires living in five-star hotels.

According to The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, DC-based nonpartisan research institute focusing on strengthening US national security and reducing or eliminating threats to the United States and other free nations, Qatar, despite enabling Hamas politically and financially for decades, and despite its complete lack of neutrality and ongoing support for terrorism, has now (unbelievably) managed to successfully position itself as the lead negotiator in the Hamas-Israel war!

It has also positioned itself as a major non-NATO ally of the United States, “raising overdue questions as to whether Washington should press the Gulf country to close Hamas offices, expel Hamas officials, and turn off the financial spigot.” Yah think?

So let’s review: Qatar is Hamas’ main funder. Qatar give shelter to Hamas’ top leadership and houses its political offices. Qatar amplifies Hamas’ poisonous propaganda through its Al Jazeera network. After the October 7 attack, the network broadcast Hamas military chief Mohammad Deif’s call to arms. Al Jazeera also aired incendiary statements from Ismail Haniyeh and his deputy, Saleh al Arouri. Haniyeh appeared on Al Jazeera praising Hamas’s “great triumph” and calling on “the sons of this entire nation, in their various locations, to join this battle in any way they can.”

Qatar’s foreign ministry also released a statement on October 7 holding “Israel alone responsible” for Hamas’s bloody rampage. The ministry ignored Hamas’ war crimes and accused Israel of violating international law. After failing to condemn the 10/7 attack, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Qatari emir, said on October 24 that “it is untenable for Israel to be given an unconditional green light and free license to kill.”

Yet, Qatar claims it has a “moderating influence” on Hamas: “We have built relations with Hamas in order to maintain peace and stability in the region,” said Qatari Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdelrahman al-Thani in November 2023.

This is a total lie. Doha’s support for Hamas has facilitated relentless violence. Under Qatari patronage, Hamas has fought five separate wars against Israel (2008, 2012, 2014, 2021, and 2023). The group launched the deadliest assault yet on Jews since the Holocaust, killing 1,200 Israelis on October 7. Hamas leadership has remained in Doha, at the behest of the regime, throughout these terror campaigns.

Unlike the West and Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, and Egypt severed ties with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the Gulf nation. Saudi Arabia said it cut ties to “protect national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism,” while the UAE noted Qatar’s “ongoing policies that rattle the security and sovereignty of the region.” Both countries accused Doha of backing the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group that gave rise to Hamas. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi also demanded that Qatar sever all ties to terrorist organizations, stop funding those organizations, curtail its close ties to Tehran, terminate the Turkish military presence in Qatar, and shut down Al Jazeera and other incendiary news outlets funded by Doha.

Despite its support for terrorism, 18 miles southwest of Doha, Al-Udeid Air Force Base hosts an estimated 10,000 American troops as well as CENTCOM Forward Headquarters, from which the US launches air operations against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In addition, the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force and other foreign forces are stationed at the base built by Qatar following the 1991 Operation Desert Storm.

Israel has helped to whitewash Qatar by allowing it to adopt a pivotal role in the attempt to play all sides by adopting a key role in the November 2023 hostage negotiations. Indeed, about 100 hostages were released, at the cost of Israel releasing terrorists and stopping the momentum of the war in Gaza. Yet, since then, Qatar has achieved nothing, Hamas consistently hardening its stand and murdering numerous hostages. Out of the 132 remaining hostages, Hamas now claims only 40 are still alive .

Perhaps finally, someone, anyone, with half a brain might be willing to point the finger at Qatar and admit they are not part of the solution, but our main problem.

We are in bed with the enemy.


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4 comments on “GAZA WAR DIARY: 1 MAY 2024”

  1. Sanford Shapiro Reply

    Sure fooled Netanyahu and it came to make a fool out of him. And the United States. But unfortunately, they have to negotiate through Qatar. And Qatar will come out smelling like a rose.

    • Daveed Shachar Reply

      Sanford,
      Israel did not have to negotiate with anyone. If it had done what every other country has done since the beginning of time, and refused all aid to Gaza, the Gazans would have had to surrender two things: the hostages, and themselves.
      Once we started negotiating with terrorists, they took their sweet time, using endless promises and throwing out massive amounts of hope for the safety of the hostages, while continuing to kill Israeli soldiers and bomb Israeli cities.

      • Karen Reply

        Absolutely Daveed!! Since when do you negotiate with terrorists?!? Since our (USA) government threatened to withhold needed aid if Israel didn’t play nice, that’s when. It’s disgusting! And now our sick, twisted President wants to bring Gazans to our shores. Enough!! Support Israel or get out of the way!

  2. Audrey Travis Reply

    Thanks for laying it all out so clearly Naomi. I had an inkling of their malaise, but no straightforward timeline. Oh, if only the world had these facts, but it’s that “half brain “ needed that’s sadly missing!

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