In Saudi Footsteps?

Qatari Ex-PM says: Israelis have a right to live in their land in peace

In Saudi Footsteps?

Qatari Ex-PM and Ex-Emir

Qatari Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheik Hamad bin Jassim Al Than meeting Israel`s PM Ehud Olmert in Paris, Jul 2008. LIFE

Qatari Ex-PM Admits Israelis’ Right to ‘Live in Their Land’

April 06, 2018 – Writing on his Twitter page in Arabic, former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani specifically focused on the future of Israelis and Palestinians.

“Israelis have a right to live in their land in peace and safety, this is my conviction. I’ve had this conviction for many long years, and I still do,” he noted.

He also pointed out that “we are timid in mentioning that the Palestinians have their rights as well.”

٤- أصبحنا أضحوكة نُبتز وتهدر أموالنا بين صفقات غير مدروسة أو الدفع للوبيات في الدول صاحبة القرار حتى عندما نذكر أن للإسرائيليين الحق بأن يعيشوا في ارضهم بأمان وهذه قناعتي منذ سنوات طويلة ومازلت. نستحي أن نذكر أن للفلسطينيين الحق نفسه أيضاً.— حمد بن جاسم بن جبر (@hamadjjalthani) 4 апреля 2018 г.

The remarks came after Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the Atlantic, “The Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land” and that a peace agreement is needed “to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.”

In a separate interview with Time magazine, Bin Salman signaled Saudi Arabia’s readiness to support a peace solution pertaining to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

“And when it happens… we’ll have good and normal relations with Israel and it will be the best for everyone,” he stressed.

He was echoed by Saudi King Salman who reiterated “the kingdom’s steadfast position toward the Palestinian issue and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital,” according to Saudi Arabia’s state news agency SPA.

Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani’s remarks came amid Saudi Arabia’s ongoing crisis with Qatar. In June 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. The four Arab states then handed over an ultimatum containing 13 demands to Doha, but Qatar refused to comply with them.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) strives to establish a state on the territories of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partly controlled by Israel.

Tel Aviv does not recognize Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity and continues constructing settlements in occupied areas, in the face of UN objections.

In 2003, the Middle East Quartet, comprising the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States, proposed a road map to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The focus has been placed on a two-state solution stipulating the creation of an independent State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel, west of the Jordan River.
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Former Qatari prime minister: Israelis have a right to live in their land

Qatari Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar`s Emir meeting Israel`s PM Ehud Olmert in Paris, Jul 2008. Source: LIFE

April 05, 2018 – Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani joins an increasing number of Middle Eastern leaders expressing support for Israel’s right to exist.

Former Qatari prime minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani stated on Twitter Wednesday that Israelis have the right to live in their own land, as do the Palestinians. These statements came days after similar remarks by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In a series of Arabic tweets about the state of Qatar in relation to its neighbors in the region,Hamad wrote, “…Israelis have a right to live in their land in peace and safety, this is my conviction. I’ve had this conviction for many long years, and I still do.”

٤- أصبحنا أضحوكة نُبتز وتهدر أموالنا بين صفقات غير مدروسة أو الدفع للوبيات في الدول صاحبة القرار حتى عندما نذكر أن للإسرائيليين الحق بأن يعيشوا في ارضهم بأمان وهذه قناعتي منذ سنوات طويلة ومازلت. نستحي أن نذكر أن للفلسطينيين الحق نفسه أيضاً. — حمد بن جاسم بن جبر (@hamadjjalthani) April 4, 2018

However, he also lamented that Qatar has”become a laughing stock that is blackmailed,” and that it “wastes our money on ill-conceived agreements and by paying lobbies to influential countries.” He went on to say that when discussing Israel’s right to safety in its land with said influential countries, “We are timid in mentioning that the Palestinians have their rights as well.”

Hamad also called on Qatari leaders to step up and repair ties with the region. “What we need now in our Gulf,”he said, “is to advise each other and try to reform the severed ties between our peoples.”

“We need,”he continued, “one who will rise among us from the defeat and shame that our nation is experiencing. We are not interested in saying things just to impress others.”

He concluded his tweets by saying thatQatar’s situation has come about “because of a lack of strategy and clear belief in dealing with our disputes and in outlining a desired future for generations to come.”

Hamad’s statements seem to echo those made earlier this week by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land in an interview published on Monday in US magazine The Atlantic, a public sign of ties between Riyadh and Jerusalem growing closer.

Asked if he believes the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland, the prince was quoted as saying:

“I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.”

“There are a lot of interests we share with Israel and if there is peace, there would be a lot of interest between Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries,” Prince Mohammed added.

In a follow-up to his son’s statements, Saudi  King Salman reaffirmed “the kingdom’s steadfast position toward the Palestinian issue and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital,” state news agency SPA said on Tuesday.

In another sign of Qatar’s potentially shifting position on Israel, several Jewish-organization heads were invited by Qatari officials in early September to meet with the nation’s leader as part of a wider Qatari campaign to forge relations with the American Jews.

But the Israeli government viewed Qatar’s effort with deep suspicion from the get-go. And when several leaders of US Jewish groups approached Israel’s ambassador, Ron Dermer, for his opinion on whether to meet with the emir, he encouraged them not to go.

According to an Israeli official, Dermer told them in September that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disapproved of the mission, but they met with the emir anyway.
Source: Jpost.com (The Jerusalem Post online edition), April 05, 2018
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