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Israel takes punitive measures against Qatar

February 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Reports from Israel claim that the Foreign Ministry is taking a series of punitive measures against Qatar because of the Gulf state’s “anti-Israel activity” in the international arena.

According to the Israeli newspaper Maariv, Israel is angry with Qatar for its strong ties with Hamas and the financial support it provides to the Islamic Resistance Movement. Qatar’s support for the bid for UN recognition of an independent state of Palestine has also drawn criticism.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry, claimed Maariv, has outlined the steps it has taken against the tiny state. Over the past few months, for example, the government in Tel Aviv has sought to suppress every regional initiative promoted by Qatar and stopped several Qatar-funded projects in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories. More seriously, perhaps, Israel has also decided to close its diplomatic mission in Doha and ban Qatari officials from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories.