Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has emphasized the need for Qatar to utilize its influence over Hamas to secure the release of hostages in Gaza. Speaking at a press conference in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu pointed out Qatar's hosting of Hamas leaders and financial support to the group, indicating that the country has significant leverage. Netanyahu urged Qatar to substantiate its role as a mediator by applying pressure on Hamas to facilitate the return of the hostages. Qatar has played a crucial role as the primary mediator in indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas, focusing on resolving the ongoing conflict and securing the release of more than 100 hostages held by Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza.
Recently, a recording surfaced of Netanyahu expressing concerns about Qatar's role in a closed meeting, calling it "problematic." In response, Qatar expressed dismay, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesman Majed al-Ansari stating on social media that if validated, Netanyahu's remarks are "irresponsible and destructive" to efforts aimed at saving innocent lives, though not entirely surprising. The tensions highlight the complex dynamics of mediation in the region.
(With Agency Inputs)