Times of Middle East

Israel, Qatar involved over Gaza as Bibi plans Gulf journey

Jan 22, 2021

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi has been involved over the telephone along with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani on a number of events previously few months, in line with KAN public TV channel. Reportedly, the final dialog between the 2 males happened a month in the past, specializing in tensions within the Gaza Strip.

Ostensibly, it was after that speak that Qatar agreed to proceed its monetary transfers to Gaza, with month-to-month installments of $30 million. The monetary assist to the Gaza Strip ought to assist the needy to beat the continued financial disaster there. On Jan. 12, senior Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzouk confirmed that Qatar will proceed to offer humanitarian assist to Gaza for an additional yr.

Ashkenazi’s contact with Al Thani indicators Jerusalem’s willingness to strengthen ties with Doha. A Jan. 13 report by KAN revealed an evaluation paper produced by Israel’s National Security Council on the significance of nurturing ties with Qatar. Its closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood and to Iran makes it attention-grabbing for Israel. It might supply Israel a distinct type of foothold within the area, in contrast with its rapprochement with the Emirates and with Bahrain. The paper additionally famous that Qatar might function a stabilizing factor on Gaza, and will additionally assist appease ongoing tensions with Turkey. The paper additional famous potential fields of cooperation between the 2 nations, together with safety buy, vitality, agriculture, tourism, aviation and sports activities.

On the backdrop of US President Joe Biden taking workplace, the difficulty of Qatar’s closeness with Iran is changing into extraordinarily important, from the Israeli viewpoint. Jerusalem hopes that current rapprochement between Qatar and different Gulf states might affect Doha on Israel. Still, Qatari officers had repeatedly acknowledged that normalization of ties with Israel would solely be mentioned after resolving the Palestinian situation.  

Meanwhile, Israel continues to strengthen ties with the Emirates and Bahrain on all ranges. On Jan. 21, experiences claimed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning a go to to each nations on Feb. 9-11. According to those experiences, Netanyahu will first arrive to Abu Dhabi, the place he’ll meet with Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. After that, he’ll go to Dubai, the place he’ll maintain a collection of financial conferences. He will then proceed to Manama, for a half day go to, assembly with King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The double go to has been postponed already twice and will go ahead as deliberate if Israel ends its nationwide lockdown by the start of February. After the signing of the Abraham Accords final September, Netanyahu ordered his Cabinet ministers to attend with planning journeys to the Emirates and Bahrain till he visits the 2 nations.

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