The prime minister of Qatar has forewarned the United States that any reprisal for the drone strike that killed three American soldiers in Jordan would put the ongoing negotiations between Israel and Hamas for the release of hostages in jeopardy.
Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim al Thani, speaking to Sky News, claimed to have made good progress in his discussions over the weekend in Paris with US, Israeli, and Egyptian intelligence officials regarding a framework for a new agreement that would see the release of over 200 hostages that Hamas has been holding in Gaza since October.
He said he hoped to present the proposal to Hamas soon and persuade them to “engage constructively” with the process. He also said the talks could pave the way for a permanent ceasefire in the future.
Sky News understands that a draft deal has been sent to Hamas today for their approval.
The Qatari prime minister’s comments came as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said he expected more from Qatar in its role as a mediator between Israel and Hamas.
Netanyahu said Qatar had “enormous leverage” over Hamas, as it hosts and funds the militant group, and that its recent failed attempts to broker a ceasefire deal were being scrutinized by the international community.
“We should demand from Qatar – that hosts Hamas, they host Hamas leaders, they fund Hamas – to achieve the release of the remainder of our hostages,” Netanyahu told TalkTV.
“I think that the entire world is looking at Qatar.” CONTINUE FULL READING>>>