Green­blatt in Qatar for talks

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By SETH J. FRANTZMAN

US Spe­cial Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for In­ter­na­tional Ne­go­ti­a­tions Ja­son Green­blatt met with For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Muham­mad Bin Ab­dul­rah­man Al-Thani in Qatar on Wed­nes­day to dis­cuss the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s up­com­ing peace plan.

He tweeted that he also met with Qatar’s Gaza emis­sary to dis­cuss the need for hu­man­i­tar­ian support for the Strip.

The visit comes two days af­ter the US moved its em­bassy to Jerusalem and in the wake of ri­ots that, ac­cord­ing to Ha­mas, led to the death of more than 60 Pales­tini­ans in Gaza on Mon­day.

Green­blatt re­cently con­demned Ha­mas rule and ar­gued that “Pales­tini­ans in Gaza need to be re­united with their West Bank coun­ter­parts un­der a sin­gle, re­spon­si­ble Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity lead­er­ship.”

He has now pub­lished those com­ments in Ara­bic as well, seek­ing a larger con­sen­sus in the re­gion for a new push regarding Gaza.

The de­tails of the Trump peace plan have only been hinted at, but Gaza is ob­vi­ously key. Ha­mas has not gained any­thing from eight weeks of mass protests, with more than 100 killed and thou­sands in­jured.

The US mes­sage will now be that this shows just what a fail­ure Ha­mas is.

Qatar plays a key role here be­cause it has spent hun­dreds of mil­lions in aid to Gaza over the years and en­joyed am­i­ca­ble re­la­tions with Ha­mas. Qatar’s lever­age in any agree­ment with the PA, Ha­mas and re­gional states is seen as key.

Qatar also wants US help to re­solve its break­down in re­la­tions with Saudi Ara­bia, the United Arab Emi­rates, Egypt and Bahrain. Bridg­ing these re­gional dis­cus­sions to get hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Gaza and work on a peace deal is the next step.

(Reuters)

JA­SON GREEN­BLATT

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