Qatar PM tells Arabs: Gaza needs your money not blah-blah

Qatar’s prime minister on Saturday slammed the Arab League meetings in Cairo, and called for a review of the pan-Arab body’s dealing with the Palestinian issue, stressing that the meetings are a waste of money and time and the statements that follow the meetings are meaningless.

“Our meetings have become a waste of money and a waste of time,” Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani told Arab foreign ministers gathered to draw up a response to Israel’s attack on Gaza.

“We are meeting today and we will issue a statement. The statement will mean nothing,” he said.

“The whole situation needs a clear and honest review… We can’t keep promising hope without delivering,” Sheikh Hamad said.

He said money pledged to the Palestinians after previous Israeli attacks had failed to reach the Palestinians.

“They received nothing… Gaza needs to receive the money we have already pledged.”

“They need housing, schools, hospitals. This is what we should be offering them. We have been used to pledging things and not carrying them through,” Sheikh Hamad said.

“There must be a clear policy to deal with the situation. It’s not the first time Gaza has been attacked… We need a clear plan. This situation has divided the Arab world,” he said.

“The peace process is not working, the Quartet (the United Nations, United States, European Union and Russia) is not working… We are not declaring war, we want a peaceful process… I’m not talking about war, I know our capabilities… I’m talking about standing by our Palestinian brothers,” he said.

At the meeting, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said the bloc should review its peace proposals to Israel and its entire stance on the peace process in response to the conflict in Gaza which has killed 40 Gazans since Wednesday.

AFP

  • rossoferrari

    WOW “The whole situation needs a clear and honest review… We can’t keep promising hope without delivering,” Finally a camel herder (with oil money) delivers the message that the arabs aren’t together on the israeli/palestinian issue. Its is only talk but no action. What is so different today than a year, 5years, 10 years, 15 years ago…..Nothing the zionists are expanding their territory by the day, increasing the settlement, encroaching on the muslims and christians holy sites unchecked.The latest action is clearly to get rid of the gaza/hamas issue, once and for all. iran/zabralla provide the missiles to hamas and press for launching them. The palestinian, arabs and surrogates are divided on the issue and will not be solved in our life time. the “arab spring” is not over yet, whether is for the good of the arabs or not, yet to be determined.  jordan, syria, saudi arabia,kuwait,iraq,lebanon are still in play and when it is over, you will start anew to renegotiate with israel and by then it will be a different ball game. This is if the arabs are united, but history proved otherwise.

    • 5thDrawer

      Yah .. wow … outside his probable ‘religious concept’, a possible realist. !!
      Someone has to actually do something differently.

    • williamgel

      Well, wait a minute now. Let’s be realistic. Gaza isn’t occupied and the only reason for the blockade currently is because Hamas declared war on Israel shortly after they came to power in 2007 and led a bloody coup against Fatah. I think Gazans were expecting more schools and factories when they elected Hamas but haven’t gotten either in 5 years.

      In the West Bank, this land is still disputed not occupied. That’s not saying that the Palestinians do not deserve a place for themselves to live but the claim that Israel is stealing land and building settlements is contradictory to the Oslo Accords which allows settlement expansion and did outline their annexation into Israel in a future land swap, which Arafat signed on behalf of the Palestinians.

      As far as encroaching on Christian and Muslim holy sites. Which ones? I don’t recall seeing any Churches that Israel is trying to take over or Jews call their own. There is the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron which all three religions consider holy but it was a Jewish holy site first. As for the Temple Mount, I’d have to say it has the same status as that in Hebron – holy to three religions, but was Jewish first.

      If Arabs want peace perhaps they can take a lesson from Jordan who gave up trying to focus on destroying the Jewish State and instead focus on making lives better for their own people. Sometimes, the best agreement is one where both sides compromise and neither are happy, but accept that the deal is done.

    • 5thDrawer

      Population growth.

  • rossoferrari

    WOW “The whole situation needs a clear and honest review… We can’t keep promising hope without delivering,” Finally a camel herder (with oil money) delivers the message that the arabs aren’t together on the israeli/palestinian issue. Its is only talk but no action. What is so different today than a year, 5years, 10 years, 15 years ago…..Nothing the zionists are expanding their territory by the day, increasing the settlement, encroaching on the muslims and christians holy sites unchecked.The latest action is clearly to get rid of the gaza/hamas issue, once and for all. iran/zabralla provide the missiles to hamas and press for launching them. The palestinian, arabs and surrogates are divided on the issue and will not be solved in our life time. the “arab spring” is not over yet, whether is for the good of the arabs or not, yet to be determined.  jordan, syria, saudi arabia,kuwait,iraq,lebanon are still in play and when it is over, you will start anew to renegotiate with israel and by then it will be a different ball game. This is if the arabs are united, but history proved otherwise.

    • 5thDrawer

      Yah .. wow … outside his probable ‘religious concept’, a possible realist. !! Someone has to actually do something differently.

    • williamgel

      Well, wait a minute now. Let’s be realistic. Gaza isn’t occupied and the only reason for the blockade currently is because Hamas declared war on Israel shortly after they came to power in 2007 and led a bloody coup against Fatah. I think Gazans were expecting more schools and factories when they elected Hamas but haven’t gotten either in 5 years.

      In the West Bank, this land is still disputed not occupied. That’s not saying that the Palestinians do not deserve a place for themselves to live but the claim that Israel is stealing land and building settlements is contradictory to the Oslo Accords which allows settlement expansion and did outline their annexation into Israel in a future land swap, which Arafat signed on behalf of the Palestinians.

      As far as encroaching on Christian and Muslim holy sites. Which ones? I don’t recall seeing any Churches that Israel is trying to take over or Jews call their own. There is the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron which all three religions consider holy but it was a Jewish holy site first. As for the Temple Mount, I’d have to say it has the same status as that in Hebron – holy to three religions, but was Jewish first.

      If Arabs want peace perhaps they can take a lesson from Jordan who gave up trying to focus on destroying the Jewish State and instead focus on making lives better for their own people. Sometimes, the best agreement is one where both sides compromise and neither are happy, but accept that the deal is done.

    • 5thDrawer

      Population growth.

  • Btru2u

    Peace process are the preffered option for everybody. But the palestians have been double dealt with and betrayed over and over again. If this the way it is allowed to continue, the palestinians and the whole Arab/Muslim world has already died, and become the same vampires that sucked the blood out of their brothers.

    • williamgel

      The question is “double dealt” by whom? I can think of several groups who have double dealt both the Israelis and the Palestinians, starting with the British, who if we think about it, double dealt everyone in the region at various times. Then there are the Arab and Leftists who are pro-Palestinian who have their own agendas and use the Palestinian issue against Israel. At the end of the day, two people are pushed to fight each other for the amusement of others. Regardless of what’s shown in the media or rhetoric spouted by the various political or terror organizations, Israelis and Palestinians on the ground do cooperate on various issues, if only to survive their own leaders.

  • Btru2u

    Peace process are the preffered option for everybody. But the palestians have been double dealt with and betrayed over and over again. If this the way it is allowed to continue, the palestinians and the whole Arab/Muslim world has already died, and become the same vampires that sucked the blood out of their brothers.

    • williamgel

      The question is “double dealt” by whom? I can think of several groups who have double dealt both the Israelis and the Palestinians, starting with the British, who if we think about it, double dealt everyone in the region at various times. Then there are the Arab and Leftists who are pro-Palestinian who have their own agendas and use the Palestinian issue against Israel. At the end of the day, two people are pushed to fight each other for the amusement of others. Regardless of what’s shown in the media or rhetoric spouted by the various political or terror organizations, Israelis and Palestinians on the ground do cooperate on various issues, if only to survive their own leaders.

  • Btru2u

    Muslims will lose a way lot more in the future long term if they don’t fight collectively now. Just Do It.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zubi-Ganubi/100001929974686 Zubi Ganubi

       If muslims fight collectively they will lose everything. muslims have nothing, they get everything from the westen world, because they can’t invent, build, think ot do anything smart.

  • Btru2u

    Muslims will lose a way lot more in the future long term if they don’t fight collectively now. Just Do It.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zubi-Ganubi/100001929974686 Zubi Ganubi

       If muslims fight collectively they will lose everything. muslims have nothing, they get everything from the westen world, because they can’t invent, build, think ot do anything smart.

  • master09

    Arabs for centuries are BLA BLA BLA…LOL THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE, SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO KILL EACH OTHER THAT IS ALL YOUR GOOD AT…..BLA BLA BLA. YOU WILL SOLVE THE WORLD A BIG PROBLEM…  

  • master09

    Arabs for centuries are BLA BLA BLA…LOL THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE, SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO KILL EACH OTHER THAT IS ALL YOUR GOOD AT…..BLA BLA BLA. YOU WILL SOLVE THE WORLD A BIG PROBLEM…  

  • CrazyArabs

    What is money supposed to do? Build things like the recently re-built bridge that just got destroyed again.  What a stupid thing to say. They need money? That is too funny!  Talk about wasting time and money.  They need real support, like choking the oil supply to the world powers that back Israeli actions.  Real action, like supplying the Palestinian with an open border with Egypt.  Why is it ok for the world to arm Israel and allow them to maintain military superiority?  Maybe they can help on that end as well.  How about medical supplies? How about a way to force a resolution to this ongoing problem? Money will not do that!

    • williamgel

      There is an open border with Egypt through Rafah. It’s not completely free because Morsi doesn’t want a flood of Gazans into the Sinai (neither does Hamas) and Morsi doesn’t need a headache that places pressure on the peace deal with Israel while he focuses on issues domestically that desperately need his attention.

      Why is it ok to arm Israel? Why has it been ok to target Israel’s population for decades with the goal of destroying them? In a bad neighborhood, the least you can do is maintain superiority to maintain peace and security. If the threat is gone, so is the need for such superiority. But noting that Israel does have a mighty army and can do massive damage with it, so far they haven’t…..to Gaza or any of the surrounding Arab nations. That should count for something.

  • CrazyArabs

    What is money supposed to do? Build things like the recently re-built bridge that just got destroyed again.  What a stupid thing to say. They need money? That is too funny!  Talk about wasting time and money.  They need real support, like choking the oil supply to the world powers that back Israeli actions.  Real action, like supplying the Palestinian with an open border with Egypt.  Why is it ok for the world to arm Israel and allow them to maintain military superiority?  Maybe they can help on that end as well.  How about medical supplies? How about a way to force a resolution to this ongoing problem? Money will not do that!

    • williamgel

      There is an open border with Egypt through Rafah. It’s not completely free because Morsi doesn’t want a flood of Gazans into the Sinai (neither does Hamas) and Morsi doesn’t need a headache that places pressure on the peace deal with Israel while he focuses on issues domestically that desperately need his attention.

      Why is it ok to arm Israel? Why has it been ok to target Israel’s population for decades with the goal of destroying them? In a bad neighborhood, the least you can do is maintain superiority to maintain peace and security. If the threat is gone, so is the need for such superiority. But noting that Israel does have a mighty army and can do massive damage with it, so far they haven’t…..to Gaza or any of the surrounding Arab nations. That should count for something.

  • dateam

    just something that i noticed…2 weeks ago he visited gaza for the first time…after he left israel began targeting hamas leaders and picking them off…just like they used to do in the days of arafat…and now all this has happened…..indeed we need to support the palestinians…lets give them more money so qatar can rebuild it….??????? wheres the arab uma? wheres the jihad….we are so good at one another but when the time comes we whimper away like the cowards we are…..the arab spring has meant nothing if this continues….look at egypt alot of big talk yet rafah is still closed? qatar is arming the rebels and financing them in syria yet they have done nothing? how do you trust a man like this that overthrew his OWN FATHER????

    • williamgel

      Did you notice that during his visit to Gaza, Hamas stepped up their rockets into Israel and admitted that the Qatari visit emboldened them and gave them diplomatic credibility? Same too recently when the Arab delegations visited Gaza. Hamas increased rocket attacks and said the visits emboldened them.

      Another thing I noticed was that none of the Arab diplomats fell less than safe being in Gaza despite the “threat” of massive Israeli firepower. Here is a war where its claimed Israel is destroying the entire Strip, but Arab League delegates are rushing to visit. Hardly makes sense.

  • dateam

    just something that i noticed…2 weeks ago he visited gaza for the first time…after he left israel began targeting hamas leaders and picking them off…just like they used to do in the days of arafat…and now all this has happened…..indeed we need to support the palestinians…lets give them more money so qatar can rebuild it….??????? wheres the arab uma? wheres the jihad….we are so good at one another but when the time comes we whimper away like the cowards we are…..the arab spring has meant nothing if this continues….look at egypt alot of big talk yet rafah is still closed? qatar is arming the rebels and financing them in syria yet they have done nothing? how do you trust a man like this that overthrew his OWN FATHER????

    • williamgel

      Did you notice that during his visit to Gaza, Hamas stepped up their rockets into Israel and admitted that the Qatari visit emboldened them and gave them diplomatic credibility? Same too recently when the Arab delegations visited Gaza. Hamas increased rocket attacks and said the visits emboldened them.

      Another thing I noticed was that none of the Arab diplomats fell less than safe being in Gaza despite the “threat” of massive Israeli firepower. Here is a war where its claimed Israel is destroying the entire Strip, but Arab League delegates are rushing to visit. Hardly makes sense.

  • williamgel

    Why do the Gazans need so much money right now, during the war, when they have been recipients of massive global aid up till now, making their artificial GDP higher than many 3rd world countries, and medicines, food, and other materials are imported to the Strip at the same pace as it was before the war – up to 700 trucks a day?

    You’re pretty wealthy Qatar, why not write them a personal check?

  • williamgel

    Why do the Gazans need so much money right now, during the war, when they have been recipients of massive global aid up till now, making their artificial GDP higher than many 3rd world countries, and medicines, food, and other materials are imported to the Strip at the same pace as it was before the war – up to 700 trucks a day?

    You’re pretty wealthy Qatar, why not write them a personal check?