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The US and Qatar (J. Post)

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Mar. 4, 2015

The Jerusalem Post (summary from Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs) remarks on the contrast between the visit to Washington of Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, which took place a few days prior to that of PM Netanyahu, and states: “The difference could not be more striking. Netanyahu, who spares no effort to combat terrorism, was persona non grata. Yet Tamim, whose country financially underpins some of the region’s worst bad-guys, was greeted with the pomp and circumstance typically reserved for the closest ideological soul mates.” The editor notes “There was no shadow of a hint of displeasure with Qatar’s chumminess with the most extreme of jihadists, nor with its appalling human rights record,” which were assiduously overlooked in the efforts “to shower tributes on Tamim as America’s darling,” while Neta nyahu, conversely, “was vehemently disparaged as a brazen gatecrasher.”

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