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Barkat: Qatar Funds Terror All Over The World; Qatar Fires Back

Economy Minister Nir Barkat criticized Qatar on Thursday, April 4, prompting the Qatari Foreign Ministry to fire back. Speaking to American media Barkat said he didn’t trust Qatar to act as a mediator with Hamas and accused the Gulf country of “funding terror all over the world.”

“They’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing. We must wake up,” he added. Majed Al Ansari, the spokesperson for Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, later responded to Barkat, writing on social media, “Yet another headline-seeking politician in Israel is using ‘Qatar-bashing’ as a means to further his own political future.”

“Rather than being preoccupied with supporting in the efforts to secure a deal, Minister Barkat finds his time is better spent attacking the mediators who are working round the clock to reach a deal that ensures the release of hostages and stop the bloodshed.”

“Spreading lies and baseless accusations about the country that helped secure the release of 109 hostages and is relentlessly working on the release of the remaining hostages, is another sign of political recklessness and selfishness,” added Al Ansari.

Qatar, which is a key backer of Hamas and does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, has served as a mediator between Israel and Hamas in talks on a hostage release deal. Further, with Israel’s consent, Qatar has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to Gaza in recent years, most of which went directly to Hamas. (INN / VFI News)

“Lord, we continually pray for the hostages still held in Gaza and we ask that You utilize whoever You want for their release. We pray for a united nation, and we trust that You will not let anyone harm our people. May You bring peace between us and our enemies and help us live safely in the promised land.”