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Negotiations to Free Hostages: Qatar Promised to Remove Hamas Leaders - And Didn't Do It

Qatar was supposed to announce that if Hamas did not progress towards a prisoner swap deal, its leaders should have been removed from Doha by the Qatari authorities - but Qatar failed to keep its commitment to this, Israeli media reported.

Qatar was also supposed to freeze some of the bank accounts of Hamas leaders. These steps were agreed on by Qatar and US representatives, as part of efforts to pressure Hamas to agree to the Egyptian proposal for a prisoner swap and ceasefire deal.

However, the Qataris did not keep their commitments, nor did they explain their failure to do so to the US sources who asked about the matter. On the other hand, over the past few weeks, an adviser to Qatar’s Prime Minister criticized Israel and Hamas for the failure to reach an agreement.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden spoke Monday night, April 29, with Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani of Qatar. During their conversation, Biden urged Emir Tamim to exert all efforts to secure the release of hostages held by Hamas as this is now the only obstacle to an immediate ceasefire and relief for the people of Gaza. (INN / VFI News)

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.” - Matthew 5:33-35