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Newsmax: Qatar Plays Key Role to rescue Hostages

  |   By Polling+ Staff

Qatar to help US.

Newsmax headlines: https://www.newsmax.com/politics/qatar-hamas-israel/2023/10/18/id/1138784/

Qatar Plays Key Role to Rescue Hostages

Newsmax reports:

“The United States is relying on Qatar to help secure the release of the roughly 200 hostages held by Hamas, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. 

Hamas terrorists attacked southern Israel and massacred about 1,400 Israelis on Oct. 7. At least 20 Americans are believed to be in captivity. 

Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Qatar has been negotiating with Hamas to try to secure the hostages’ release, and with Iran and Hezbollah to try and prevent a second, northern front from developing in Israel. 

A Reuters report last week said that “Qatari mediators have held urgent calls to try to negotiate freedom for Israeli women and children seized by the militant group and held in Gaza in exchange for the release of 36 Palestinian women and children from Israel’s prisons.”

Qatar has been designated a major non- Nato ally by the Unites States, and has had warm relations with both the Biden and Trump administrations.

Bloomberg reported that Qatar played a role in last month’s hostage exchange in which the Biden administration unfroze $6 billion in Iranian assets.”

Good for Qatar.

It is obvious that the problems in this latest Middle East war, not to mention in the Middle East altogether, will not be solved without help from Arab nations. In the late 1970’s, to his eternal credit, President Jimmy Carter brought Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat together with Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the presidential retreat Camp David. Keeping them there until the two did indeed reach a peace agreement between their two countries. Known as the “Camp David Accords” the peace agreement is still in effect to this day.

There is obviously more work to do in the Middle East. But without doubt the help supplied by Qatar to the U.S. in getting some 200 American hostages released from Hamas is a good thing.

A very good thing.