How the tiny Arab state of Qatar became indispensable in talks with Hamas
The tiny Arab state of Qatar has become indispensable in talks with Hamas because of the its diplomatic ties and stabilizing influence in the region. Qatar has had a long-standing relationship with Hamas, going back to its engagement in Gaza in 2012. Since then, the Gulf country has been crucial in mediating and facilitating the movement of goods and aid to the contested strip. Qatar has taken an active role in trying to improve the situation for Palestinians, and has established close ties to leaders of Hamas. Qatar’s diplomatic role in theregion is reflected by its reputation asa neutral party, allowing it to engage constructively with both Israeli and Palestinian leadership. Qatar’s ability to mediate agreements between Hamas and Israel, and its significant influence over the movement’s direction, makes it an invaluable asset in the pursuit of peace.