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