Analysis & Commentary


13th September 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Outrage Over Hamas Fuels Opposition to Planned Meetings Between Qatari Leaders & US Jewish Groups

Jonathan Schanzer

Opposition is mounting within the US Jewish community to a series of planned meetings over the coming week between American Jewish leaders and senior Qatari representatives reported to include the Gulf state’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and other members of the ruling family....

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Qatar Trying to Arrange Meeting With Jewish American Leaders as Part of PR Push

Jonathan Schanzer

'They need to stop funding Hamas,' says ZOA chief, who refused meeting with gas-rich emirate, currently paying to improve its relations with U.S. Jews

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Julie Lenarz - The Tower

Who Are the Houthis and Why Do They Shout “Death to America”?

Benjamin Weinthal

In war-torn Yemen, Houthi insurgents call for “death to America, death to Israel, damn the Jews, victory to Islam.” Their violent credo has left a trail of bloody footprints that leads all the way to Tehran.

12th September 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Trump weighing more aggressive Iran strategy in Gulf

Mark Dubowitz

The plan is intended to increase pressure on Tehran to curb its ballistic missile programme and support for militants in the region.

7th September 2017 - Quote by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Despite Unwavering Support for Hamas, Qatar Seeking Improved Ties With ‘Jewish Community Worldwide’

Jonathan Schanzer

The Gulf state of Qatar — long-shunned by the pro-Israel community in the US for its overt financial and political backing of the Palestinian terrorist group, Hamas — has announced a new public relations initiative to win hearts and minds among Jews in the US and abroad.

2nd September 2017 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Iranian pilgrims return to the hajj as Iran-Saudi rivalry eases

Behnam Ben Taleblu

It was nearly two years ago when Iran and Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties, worsening an already tense rivalry that has fueled conflicts across the Middle East. But this year, a rare bright spot in their relations has stirred hope of a possible detente.

29th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

How Al Jazeera called for bombing Saudi, UAE airports ... and got away with it

David Andrew Weinberg

Al Jazeera Arabic has been slammed for a lack of professionalism after airing remarks earlier this month that encouraged the killing of innocent citizens of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, amounting to what one media commentator called a “declaration of war.”

25th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Qatar restores diplomatic ties with Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar is restoring full diplomatic relations with Iran and will send its ambassador back to Tehran.

17th August 2017 - Quoted by The Peninsula

Qatar partners with US firm to combat terror financing

Chip Poncy, Juan Zarate

Qatar’s National Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Committee (NAMLC) has engaged with the Financial Integrity Network (FIN), based in Washington DC, as its principal strategic adviser for enhancing Doha’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-terrorist Financing System...

13th August 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

US, Kuwait continue mediation over Qatar crisis but resolution to dispute is remote

Aykan Erdemir

As the crisis seems likely to drag on for a while, Doha has sought ways to circumvent the sanctions it faces.

11th August 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

Since the 2011 revolution, Libya has been the site of a rather nasty proxy war. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other traditional Gulf states have backed the eastern-based government and Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). Seeking a more Islamist order in Libya, Qatar and Turkey...

10th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Qatar’s Neymar deal proves costly … in more ways than one

David Andrew Weinberg

Many Arabs have cried foul over Qatar’s link to the record-breaking $263 million transfer deal for Neymar — as it emerged that such a fee could have paid for much of the outstanding humanitarian aid required in Palestine this year.

9th August 2017 - Quoted by The Economist

Middle East and Africa/US politics: US mediation in the Gulf flounders amid divided opinion

Jonathan Schanzer

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has continued to push for dialogue and an end to the boycott of Qatar to resolve the Gulf crisis.

8th August 2017 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Fresh Trump efforts against Muslim Brotherhood gets key backing from Arab allies

Jonathan Schanzer

Arab allies of the U.S. are expressing support if the Trump administration declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, according to statements from foreign officials and a senior administration official who spoke to Fox News.

2nd August 2017 - The Huffington Post

Qatar is worst in the region on counterterrorism, but other Gulf monarchies are not off the hook

David Andrew Weinberg

Rather than giving Qatar’s neighbors carte blanche, the U.S. should press all of its Gulf allies to improve their counterterrorism practices. And while Washington should seek a timely resolution of the current crisis, it should do so on enforceable terms that address Qatar’s dangerous...

31st July 2017 - Quoted by Daniel R. DePetris - The Huffington Post

On Qatar, What If the Best Thing for the U.S. is to Hang Back?

John Hannah

Nearly a month ago, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt made a critical foreign policy decision which could roil relations in the Persian Gulf for a very long period of time: They severed ties with their Qatari neighbor.

29th July 2017 - Quoted by Al-Masry Al-Youm - Egypt Independent

Arab countries assess Qatar’s progress with demands

Jonathan Schanzer

The foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will discuss recent developments of the Qatar crisis in Manama on Saturday.

28th July 2017 - Quoted by Anthony Harwood - Huffington Post

Saudi Arabia and Qatar may not be at war but it certainly feels like that

Jonathan Schanzer

Saudi Arabia and Qatar may not be at war but it certainly feels like that phrase coined 100 years ago: ‘The first casualty when war comes is truth’.

26th July 2017 - The Washington Times

Does Al Jazeera deserve to die?

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are demanding that Qatar loosen its ties with those they see as enemies of their states. They are making one additional demand: That Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, its powerful media outlet.

14th June 2017 - Quoted by the Jewish Exponent

Our Frenemy Qatar

Jonathan Schanzer

The oil-rich sheikdom Qatar is much like its neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula — undemocratic, ruled by a minority clan, both a U.S. ally and an active sponsor of extremists. Much the same can be said of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the other countries that last week...

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