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Qatar needs to expel Hamas leaders and if not, America should do it for them

One of the outcomes of the Hamas massacre in Israel needs to be an understanding that the world can no longer play a double game with Hamas. Countries and people will need to pick the side they are on – Israel, the United States and Europe, who are battling Hamas murderers, or the terrorists. It is that simple. 

One of the first places to start asking this question is Qatar, the small and opulent country in the Persian Gulf that has a history of playing both sides in conflicts and more importantly, getting away with it. 

On Friday, for example, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spent the day in Qatar as part of his tour through the Middle East to shore up support for Israel’s campaign against Hamas.

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Hamas head Ismail Haniyeh, right, meets with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 26, 2023. (Mustafa Kamaci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

And then on Saturday, another foreign minister arrived in the country – Hossein Amirabdollahian from Iran. There are few countries in the world that can host a U.S. secretary of state one day, and then America’s arch nemesis from Iran the next. Qatar is one of them.


Yaakov Katz is a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, a former editor of the Jerusalem Post where he remains a columnist, and the author of three books on Israeli military affairs. Follow him on Twitter @yaakovkatz.


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