Qatari official details mediation between Israel, Hamas

The chairman of the Qatar Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, Mohammed al-Emadi, says mediation "helped to deescalate the conflict and spare innocent Palestinian civilians."

al-monitor The Qatari envoy to the Gaza Strip, Mohammed al-Emadi, speaks during an iInterview in his office with Agence France-Presse in Gaza City on Aug.24, 2019.  Photo by MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images.

Sep 8, 2020

In an exclusive statement to Al-Monitor, the chairman of the Qatar Committee for the Reconstruction of Gaza, Mohammed al-Emadi, said his country’s diplomacy "helped to deescalate the conflict and spare innocent Palestinian civilians living in Gaza further humanitarian disasters."

 The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas announced Aug. 31 will allow more products and construction into the territory, according to Emadi, in return for Hamas ending its firing of rockets and incendiary balloons from Gaza into Israel.

“The recent truce between Hamas and Israel includes opening a number of passages, allowing consumer goods to enter the strip, resuming talks between Israeli chamber of trade and Palestinian businessmen, and giving the green light for the construction of the American field hospital,” Emadi said in the statement.

Tensions escalated in August when Hamas launched burning balloons into Israeli territory in an effort to ease the Israeli blockade. Israel responded by striking Hamas targets.

Israel and Hamas have clashed on and off for years. A Hamas official told Al-Monitor that Qatar, Egypt and the UN worked on the truce and that the COVID-19 situation in Gaza compelled Hamas to seek an end to hostilities.

Emadi said that Qatar sent millions of dollars to Gaza after the truce and is now providing electricity to the area, in addition to its longstanding engagement with international donors to provide humanitarian assistance to Gazans.

“This month only, Qatar contributed $34 million in addition to supplying Gaza with electricity in coordination with the UN agencies,” he said.

Emadi implied that Qatar’s assistance, unlike "some other actors," comes without agendas.

“Qatar managed to establish itself as an impartial and a trusted partner over the years,” he said. "Unlike some other actors it has always kept its promises to all parties and it comes with no personal agendas.”

“The State of Qatar firmly believes in dialogue and diplomacy and while our mediation efforts continue to reach a mid-way,” he said. "We remain committed to the rights of the brotherly Palestinian people who have been living under occupation for decades.”

Emadi's full statement sent to Al-Monitor is below:

Since 2014, Qatar has successfully mediated many rounds of talks between Hamas, the de facto government in Gaza Strip, and Israel. The mediation efforts helped to deescalate the conflict and spare innocent Palestinian civilians living in Gaza further humanitarian disasters.

Qatar managed to establish itself as an impartial and a trusted partner over the years. Unlike some other actors it has always kept its promises to all parties and it comes with no personal agendas, these are the main ingredients of our meditation remedy which has proven to be effective over and over.

The recent truce between Hamas and Israel includes opening a number of passages, allowing consumer goods to enter the strip, resuming talks between Israeli chamber of trade and Palestinian businessmen, and giving the green light for the construction of the American field hospital. In return, Hamas committed to cease the launch of rockets and incendiary balloons.

The State of Qatar continues to provide financial aid to Gaza to pay the salaries of civilians. This aid is critical to mitigate the humanitarian conditions in COVID hit Gaza. This month only, Qatar contributed $34 million, in addition to supplying Gaza with electricity in coordination with the UN agencies.

Qatar has worked with international donors to Gaza and continues to encourage them to keep their aid going in order to alleviate the drastic conditions in the besieged strip. International donors have rightly expressed their concerns about the instability in those territories yet our message to them is that the consequences of leaving the humanitarian situation further deteriorate are way more dangerous than sustaining the current conditions.

The State of Qatar firmly believes in dialogue and diplomacy and while our mediation efforts continue to reach a mid-way, we remain committed to the rights of the brotherly Palestinian people who have been living under occupation for decades in accordance to International law and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

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