From Foreign Policy.
We are drawing down our military yet we continue to prop up Turkey, an alleged NATO ally which was needed as a front line against the Soviets but is now irrelevant to our interests. We continue to have a naval base in Qatar but no naval ships to put into it.
Isn’t it about time that we re-evaluated our relationships with both these islamists states?
It’s time to stop treating Turkey and Qatar like they’re anything other than proxies for terrorists.
BY Jonathan Schanzer
Schanzer is vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of
Democracies and a former intelligence analyst at the U.S. Department of the
Treasury. He tweets at @JSchanzer.
AUGUST 4, 2014
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The next time there is an effort to broker a
cease-fire between Hamas and Israel — and there will be a next time — Qatar
and Turkey should be sitting at the table beside Hamas, not among the respected
diplomats trying to engage in honest statecraft.
It’s getting harder and harder to deny that Doha
and Ankara, two long-standing allies of the United States, are full Hamas
partners. That much has been crystal clear to regional players like Egypt and
Saudi Arabia for a while. And now the United States seems to be getting a better
sense of where Qatar and Turkey’s real allegiances lie. Why else would
Secretary of State John Kerry have appealed to both
to secure the release of captured Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin before the Israelis announced he was dead?
is widely believed to be Hamas’s top sponsor. In 2012, then-emir Hamad bin
Khalifa Al Thani visited Gaza and pledged $400 million in economic
aid. Just last month, Doha tried to transfer millions of dollars via Jordan’s
Arab Bank to pay salaries to Hamas civil servants in Gaza. While that was blocked
at Washington’s behest, support continues in other important ways. For example,
Qatar is the home base of Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and a gaggle of other
senior Hamas figures. Neither Hamas nor Qatar is terribly concerned about the
optics, either. Expatriates in Doha speak of Meshaal sightings the way New
Yorkers talk of seeing Woody Allen.
is the home of another Hamas leader: Saleh al-Arouri. The founder of the West
Bank branch of the Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s milit
via Hamas’s BFFs.