Qatari FM: No Room for Cooperation With Israel

Israel is 'offending 1.5 billion Muslims' with the way it is handling the Al-Aqsa Mosque issue in Jerusalem, Khalid Al-Attiyah tells Al Jazeera.

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The current situation in Israel does not allow Qatar to engage with the Jerusalem for the time being, Qatar's foreign minister told Al Jazeera English's current affairs show, Up Front, on Wednesday.

“I don’t think we are in a position to have any cooperation with Israel at this stage” in the absence of a peace process, Khalid Al-Attiyah told Al Jazeera.

He accused Israel of being provocative regarding the status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. “You are offending 1.5 billion Muslims when you are talking about the Masjid Al Aqsaand we have raised the flag before,” he said.

He referred to the current unrest in the West Bank as a "third intifada" that could become "the worst intifada" yet.

“The people who went to the street [were] born after the Oslo Treaty and they saw there is no hope,” observed the foreign minister.