Israel Envoy Prosor Blasts Qatar for Funding Islamist Extremists

Emirate must be isolated and told to stop backing Hamas, diplomat writes in New York Times.

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Qatar's foreign minister Khaled al-Attiya (R) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after a joint news conference in Doha July 20, 2014.
Qatar's foreign minister Khaled al-Attiya (R) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after a joint news conference in Doha July 20, 2014. Credit: Reuters
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Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, sharply criticized Qatar in a New York Times op-ed on Tuesday for using its vast energy wealth to fund Islamist extremists, including Hamas in Gaza and Al-Qaida affiliates in Syria.

The envoy argued that Qatar has "spared no cost to dress up its country as a liberal, progressive society, yet at its core, the micro monarchy is aggressively financing radical Islamist movements."

Prosor called Qatar a "Club Med for terrorists." He noted that it harbors the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who has supported suicide attacks. And Qatar funds a "life of luxury" for Khaled Mashal of Hamas.

"In light of the emirate’s unabashed support for terrorism, one has to question FIFA’s decision to reward Qatar with the 2022 World Cup," Prosor wrote.

And regarding the conflict in Gaza, the diplomat said "the only way forward is to isolate Hamas's last major backer." Western nations must demand that the emirate stop financing Hamas, he said.

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