The emergence of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani has caused great confusion in Qatar and there are rumblings of a possible split in the Qatari ruling family. This emergence is not a random development, but is actually a significant, meaningful and some see a positive step. The only person to talk to in Qatar today is Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali.
The intransigence of the Qatari government has made it impossible to sit and talk with any one of the officials in Qatar. Everything is misunderstood, every agreement is scrapped, and every understanding overturned. The Qatari leadership resorts to Iran and Turkey for mediation and calls on Israel’s help in order to avoid solution and to put pressure on the four principal boycotting states to withdraw.
Irrespective of the role that Sheikh Abdullah can play in the future, he is the voice of reason and wisdom, the only person to sit with and talk, especially as there is little confidence in the Qatari leadership.
Eighty days into the crisis, Arabs still await sensible statements, serious dialogue and credible promises from the Government of Qatar, but none of this has happened. Qatar has only reacted with acrimonious rant, threats, distortions and misrepresentation of facts. It has run malicious media campaigns, as well as refused to listen to the voice of reason and logic!
Eighty days into the crisis, Arabs still await sensible statements, serious dialogue and credible promises from Qatar, but it hasn’t happenedMohammed Al-Hammadi
The appearance of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali has been a positive sign not only for the Arabs, but for many Qataris who have remained silent as they cannot speak for fear of punishment. Hundreds and perhaps thousands of Qataris have been prosecuted for expressing their opinions, including members from the al-Thani family.
From the very first day, Arab states have told Qatar that the solution to the crisis lies in Riyadh but the current rulers of Qatar have sought to blazon the crisis abroad. They have gone as far as Norway to say that they have been wrongly persecuted.
While they have been flying thousands of miles around the world, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali knew the way to solve the crisis and headed to Saudi Arabia to meet with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and found out that the hearts were open for him there even before the doors.
Understanding the situation
In only one session, he could resolve the subject of the Qatari pilgrims and in fact achieved a lot more. How is it possible that Sheikh Abdullah understood the situation while the Qatari leadership didn’t?
How is it possible that the ordinary Qatari citizen grasped the problem and knows where the solution lies and the Qatari leadership is still travelling to distant capitals of the world and spending billions not to defend itself, but to defame Saudi Arabia, distort the image of the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain?
The good news concerning the Gulf crisis is the honorable appearance of Sheikh Abdullah. Everybody had previously thought that apart from the al-Hamad group there were no men in Qatar, people who could rise up against errors or stop conspiracies from developing, who do not keep silent in the face of injustice and sabotage.
Qataris are a part of the Arabian Peninsula and the GCC, and it is time for the Hamad family to wake up from their daydreams that have lasted two decades and they should be held accountable for it.
The most interesting thing about the appearance of Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali is the agreement among all Qataris about the probity of his character and the respect they have for him ... So, will the Qatari government benefit from his emergence?
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Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi