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Hamas backs Qatar minister's 'courage' in Israel spat

AFP , Monday 9 Feb 2015
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A Qatar-based senior Hamas leader on Monday praised the Gulf state's "courageous" foreign minister, Khalid al-Attiyah, after an apparent spat with Israel's intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz at a German security conference.

In a statement, Izzat al-Rishq, a member of Hamas's political bureau in Doha, backed Qatar's foreign minister for his "strong, courageous statements and response to the lies of the 'Zionists', and his defence of Hamas and the resistance during the Munich security conference".

At Sunday's conference, Attiyah said during a panel discussion that failure to make progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was "the main igniter to all the turbulence in the Middle East".

Qatar's foreign minister also asked why Israel wanted to be recognised as a Jewish state.

"The world is fighting a group calling itself Islamic State, and you want to come and say [you are] a Jewish state," he said.

In response, Steinitz questioned why Qatar is "supporting a jihadist organisation like Hamas or Islamic State, instead of putting all its efforts into eliminating such jihadi organisations".

The exchange between the two ministers was reported in several media outlets, including on Al-Jazeera Arabic.

Qatar denies backing the Islamic State group or extremist movements.

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, who is based in the Gulf state, was told by Attiyah last month that he remained welcome amid reports that the Palestinian leader had been asked to leave.

Attiyah said Meshaal was "a dear guest in Qatar. He is in fact at home."

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Badawi Badawi
09-02-2015 06:14pm
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Hamas is the crown of Arab and Muslim honor
The Muslims enemy is Israel
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M omsri
24-02-2015 12:06pm
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If Hamas is the crown then Islam is in BIG trouble.
Hamas are a bunch of losers. they squandered the released killers they traded for Cpl Shateil , trashed their own country , became a pariah state to both Egypt , The PLO as well as Israel impoverished their own people just to murder 3 Israeli children to A
Russell
10-02-2015 03:51pm
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Really?
Muslims main enemies are other Muslims - do the math. Stop this useless preoccupation with Israel and deal with the enemy within!
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