Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
FRIDAY, 25 APR 2014
11:17 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
28 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Middle East
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Qatar emir's visit supports Hamas over PA: Israel
Agence France Presse
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, center, and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (AP  Photo/Osama Faisal)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, center, and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)
A+ A-

JERUSALEM: A planned visit by the Qatari emir to Gaza shows he is backing the strip's Islamist Hamas rulers over the Western-backed Palestinian Authority of president Mahmud Abbas, an Israeli official said Monday.

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani is due to arrive on Tuesday in connection with a major Qatari investment project to rebuild Gaza, in what will be the first time a head of state has visited the enclave since Hamas took over in 2007, ousting forces loyal to Abbas.

"We find it weird that the emir doesn't support all of the Palestinians but sides with Hamas over the Palestinian Authority (in the West Bank) which he has never visited," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.

"The emir has chosen his camp and it is not good," he said.

Qatar has tried to mediate in a process of national reconciliation between Hamas and Abbas's rival Fatah faction, and in February hosted talks between the Palestinian leader and his Hamas counterpart, Khaled Meshaal, who has recently shifted his political base from Damascus to Doha.

So far, attempts to reconcile the two factions have failed.

The emir is expected to arrive in Gaza at 11:00 am (0900 GMT) on Tuesday via the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

Last month, Mohammed al-Emadi, Qatar's envoy to Gaza, said Doha was to invest $254 million (195 million euros) in rebuilding Gaza in a project which would involve the construction of roads, housing and infrastructure, as well as agricultural development.

 
Home Middle East
 
     
 
Qatar / Palestine / Israel
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Thursday April 24, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
For Christians, blessed are the dividers
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
An Iran deal is close, but we’re not there yet
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS