Senior Jewish leader: Qatar must choose between US and allies or Iran

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A senior Jewish leader said that US officials will most likely discuss with Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad his country’s policy in using “double language” with several Arab and international players.

Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, said it was certain that Tamim’s meeting with Trump, which occurred on Tuesday, took place under unfavorable circumstances for the emir.

Speaking to Al Arabiya English, Halber said: “It is time for Qatar to understand that there is no longer any hope for it except to line up with the United States and its allies. It should not continue a double language policy which is ineffective in hiding its support for terrorism.

“Terrorist organizations wouldn’t have been able to continue their operations without the support they received from Qatar – operations which are destabilizing the Middle East and target Israel,” said Halber.

He said that the “new American administration, after appointing a new foreign minister and national security adviser, is breaking a policy of silence towards Qatar. At this stage, the Emir of Qatar must decide whether he wants to become a true ally of the United States and Israel or continue to support terrorism.”

He added: “Logically, he will not be able to do both at the same time, because we are tired of just talking while Qatar chooses to implement completely unhelpful policies. I call on President Trump and the White House to force Qatar to sever its ties with Hamas and all militant organizations.

“I also call on the people of the Middle East, whatever their religion, to stand in the face of terrorism and its supporters.”

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