Relations with Israel cannot be normalized regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a Qatari official saying that Doha would not join other Gulf Arab states in establishing diplomatic relations with Israel.
A Qatar Foreign Ministry spokesman said in an interview with Bloomberg on Monday, “We do not think that normalization was the core of this conflict and therefore it cannot be the answer.”
“The core of this conflict is about the harsh conditions under Palestine” as “living in the possession of the people of a country,” she said.
Al-Khatar’s statement came ahead of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed its normalization deals with Israel at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday.
The deals would normalize diplomatic, commercial, security and other relations between Israel and the Arab states.
The Palestinians have dismissed the deals as a serious betrayal by the Arab states, further undermining their efforts to achieve self-determination.
The Palestinian leadership seeks an independent state based on the actual borders before the 1967 war, in which Israel captured the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and occupied East Jerusalem.
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Arab countries have long called for the withdrawal of Israel from illegally occupied lands, a solution for Palestinian refugees and in exchange for establishing relations with it leads to the establishment of a viable, independent Palestinian state.
Earlier this month, Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani told White House adviser Jared Kushner that Doha supports a two-state solution, with East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, Israel’s To end the conflict with.
Working towards unity
Encouraged by the ‘normalization’ of relations between Arab states and Israel, fragmented Palestinian political factions are working diligently in multilateral negotiations to restore unity, and the split between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank far more than in previous attempts They call it promising.
A statement said on Saturday that Palestinian groups led by Hamas and Fatah agreed to “unified field leadership” that would include all factions that would lead to “widespread popular resistance” against Israeli occupation.
It called for Tuesday – when the signing ceremony takes place in Washington, DC – to be a day of “popular disapproval”. Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are planning demonstrations on “Days of Fury”, and other protests are expected outside the embassies of Israel, the United States, the UAE and Bahrain worldwide.
Following the September 3 meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Ismail Hania of Hamas, Riyadh al-Nakhla, head of Islamic Jihad, and various Palestinian leaders, progress was made in the formation of a joint leadership group and inter-Palestinian unity talks. Institutions. The captured West Bank and Beirut were gathered in Ramalla, Lebanon.
Hamas and other Palestinian parties have demanded for years that such a meeting take place, but Abbas always rejected the move, calling for Hamas to honor the previous unity agreement.
Al Khater also suggested in his interview that progress could soon be made towards ending the three-year-old boycott of Qatar by some Arab nations.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017, and imposed sea, land and air blockades, claiming Doha supported “terrorism” and that of Iran. was close.
Qatar has consistently dismissed the claims, saying there was “no valid justification” to make the relationship serious.
The crackdown has frustrated President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a united front against Iran in the Gulf, and a new round of US-led mediation was launched two months ago.
Al-Khatar said that Kuwait-backed efforts had not yet reached a decisive point.
“In the last few months, messages and messengers have been moving back and forth,” she said.
He said, “It is too early to talk about real success” but something new may be revealed in the coming weeks.
It said that negotiations have moved beyond the boycott demands offered by 13 states as the basis for any resolution.
Topping the list was the elevation of diplomatic relations with Iran, but also included the closure of military cooperation with Turkey and the closure of the Al Jazeera network.
“We are beyond this point,” al-Khatar said. “The point we are at is constructively engaging in unconditional conversations and discussions” that “do not necessarily involve all parties at once.”
Qatari officer’s comment came after America’s days Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington hopes Saudi Arabia and its regional allies will end the blockade.
Pompeo said it was particularly important to build on the Arab-Israeli relationship in order to counter “deadly behavior” better than Iran.