U.S. Chris­tian-Jewish group lob­bies for pres­sure on Doha

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - — Nicole Ault

An or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can Jews and Chris­tians on Mon­day an­nounced a cam­paign to lobby the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to strongly back a pres­sure cam­paign or­ga­nized by Saudi Ara­bia and its Gulf Arab al­lies against Qatar over its sus­pected sup­port for Iran and ter­ror groups in the re­gion.

Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt and a num­ber of gulf na­tions on June 5 abruptly cut diplo­matic and com­mer­cial ties with Qatar, home to a ma­jor U.S. mil­i­tary base in the re­gion, cit­ing a range of com­plaints from its ties to the Mus­lim Brother­hood and Iran to its fund­ing of the Arab-lan­guage news agency Al-Jazeera.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has of­fered to me­di­ate the feud be­tween its Arab al­lies, although Pres­i­dent Trump him­self has praised the tough stance against Doha as the fruit of his own di­plo­macy to rally the Mus­lim world against Iran and rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror move­ments.

The lob­by­ing cam­paign, or­ga­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Fel­low­ship of Chris­tians and Jews, cited Qatar’s sup­port for rad­i­cal Is­lamic ter­ror­ist groups as the chief rea­son for in­ter­na­tional pres­sure.

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