End Hamas' Reign of Terror in Gaza — Saudi Newspaper

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2017

The council includes Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, as well as Kuwait and Oman.

"Countries in the region have complained about Qatar's activities for years", Hoenlein pointed out.

Hamas has denied building the tunnel.

"The officials we spoke to claimed to know nothing about the decision", he said. "They dig under schools, under hospitals, under homes, with no regard for the lives of Gazans", the editorial said. "But it may come back in the future when Qatar feels emboldened again".

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu charged that "in various UNRWA institutions there is a lot of incitement against Israel, and therefore the existence of UNRWA - and unfortunately its work from time to time - perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem rather than solve it". He said Turkey, which has always been an ally of Hamas, would find it "very difficult" to fill the financial void should Qatar withdraw support because of its own "economic constraints and priorities". Both Israel and the United States recognize Hamas as a terror organization.

If financial aid is cut - Qatar has paid out or pledged $1.5 billion since 2012 to help build roads, houses, schools and clinics in impoverished Gaza - it will hurt Gaza's two million people - and could have ramifications for Israel as well. If it does, the result could be disastrous for Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Gaza has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007.

The Palestinian group Islamic Jihad in Gaza issued a statement saying that Jumaa was one of its members and was in fact aged 22.

TRT World's Iolo ap Dafydd reports from Gaza. And it recently stopped paying for some of the power Israel sends to Gaza.

The move comes a day after dozens of Hamas activists once imprisoned by Israel did not receive their monthly support payment.

Attack tunnels were a key weapon for Hamas during the 2014 Gaza war.

"If Hamas hesitates or acts too late or chooses the Iranian-Qatari camp it will face difficulties on all fronts", he said. "This is very tricky". Malaysian officials had then dismissed the charge as Israeli propaganda.

"The U.S. has a stake in Arab unity ... and there will be political and commercial forces trying to get back a normal relationship with Qatar", he said. Cairo and Riyadh had criticized Qatar's relations with the Muslim Brotherhood after it was ousted from power in Egypt in a military coup d'état. He accused Saudi Arabia of siding with "American and Zionist calls to put Hamas on the terrorism list". "Leaders pointed to Qatar - look!" Will they leave Qatar?

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Qatar must sever its ties with Hamas.

In the document, Danon characterized the establishment of a tunnel under the classrooms as "the latest of deeply concerning attempts by Hamas terrorists to systematically exploit the organs of the United Nations", which are not only placing the people leaving in Israel and Gaza at risk but are also severely damaging the humanitarian efforts in Gaza.

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