DOHA - The Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has underlined the importance of having an influential Arab stance internationally to stop bloodshed of the Palestinians and to prevent any new Israeli aggression, particularly on the Gaza Strip. He stressed that it’s time that Israelis should lift the siege on the Gaza Strip.
Qatar News Agency (QNA) said that in an interview with Al Jazeera Channel TV aired on Sunday evening, Shaikh Hamad said that his visit to Egypt and his meeting with Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi, aimed at discussing the situation in Gaza and to support the Egyptian mediation between the Palestinians and the Israelis to ceasefire.
On President Mursi withdrawing the Egyptian ambassador from Israel and delivering a letter of strong protest to the Israeli ambassador in Cairo after the recent Israeli aggression on Gaza, Shaikh Hamad said that what was done by Egypt is an attempt to press on Israel to stop its aggression, highlighting that Egypt is trying to stop the Palestinian bloodshed.
Shaikh Hamad recalled that Israel has repeatedly violated the truce with Hamas, explaining that after the Israeli aggression in 2008 a truce was reached but later breached by Israel. He called for an effective Arab role to stem the Palestinian bloodshed and prevent a new Israeli aggression.
Asked about the idea that some analysts have linked the current aggression on Gaza to Israeli election on one hand, and to the killing of Syrian people by its regime on the other hand, the Amir said of course it is because of the election and it is the fact that Israeli government and the prime minister are trying to create a problem that can lead them to win the election, but this problem may make them lose if they continue their aggression. He added that the issue of Syria is quite different and that in Syria, there is a peaceful demand for dignity.
In respect of the proposal of Arab and UN peacekeepers in Syria to stop the bloodshed, and the extent to which this proposal can be implemented now, Shaikh Hamad said that it is a difficult issue.