Our frenemy Qatar - www.jewishaz.com: Editorial

Our frenemy Qatar

Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 11:25 am

The oil-rich sheikdom Qatar is much like its neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula – undemocratic, ruled by a minority clan, both a U.S. ally and an active sponsor of extremists. Much the same can be said of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the other countries that last week severed relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the small country.

Among its neighbors, Qatar appears to be a maverick. In better days, it had an open relationship with Israel, allowing a business interests section on its soil. It has hosted Israel at its tennis tournaments and said that, should the Jewish state win a spot, Israel would be welcome in Qatar when it hosts the World Cup in 2022. The late Shimon Peres, when he was deputy prime minister, made a high-profile visit to Qatar in 2007. By contrast, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently expressed the hope that someday the Saudis would allow him to visit Riyadh.

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