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Qatari PM: ‘Ceasefire talks haven't yielded concrete solution yet’

November 19th, 2012
06:38 PM ET

Qatari PM on ceasefire talks

Qatari PM on ceasefire talks

By Mick Krever, CNN

Ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas in Gaza have yielded “no concrete solution,” Qatar’s prime minister told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

Talks to end the nearly week-long conflict between Israel and Hamas have been spearheaded by Egypt, with strong support from Qatar and Turkey.

Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim al Thani, speaking to Amanpour from Doha, said that he believed both Israel and Hamas want a ceasefire, but that Hamas would not accept the status quo. 

Egypt: Treaty with Israel 'not at all' in jeopardy

“[Hamas wants] a complete package for the ceasefire, because they don’t want to leave the situation like it was after 2008,” he said, referring to the 2008 incursion by Israel into Gaza.

After that 2008 conflict, Sheikh al Thani said, Israel surrounded Gaza and assassinated leaders Hamas leaders at will.

Sheikh al Thani said that the Israelis would have to accept that the Arab Spring has fundamentally altered the Middle East.

“The Arab world has been changed,” he told Amanpour of the Arab spring. And he believes that Muslim countries will not stand by idly as he says they did in previous conflicts between Israel and the Palestinians.

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  1. Aminullah A Lucman

    I think that the better way to remove conflicts around the world may have to emanate from the UN Security Council, just remove the Veto Power out of the member's dictatorial powers. Let the nations of the world decide on a (one) nation one vote policy to settle conflicts. This way, superpower may excuse themselves from unsettling trouble costing them lives and huge money resources. This is the 21st century where technology can create horrible weapons to destroy life on earth and will one day in the near future may be featured on ebay by kindergarten kids.

    November 19, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
  2. Justice Forallpeoples of d World

    How can a people live under occupation. No opportunity to chart their destiny. No place to call Home. Yet b treated as an aggressor to a super power. Strange and difficult to comprehend.

    November 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • adam101

      shhhh, no body know that the Palestinians are under israeli occupation, everybody thinks israelis are the victims.

      November 25, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply
  3. boogie

    I am just perplexed at the way the media and many western nations have been unable to control Israel. I have just come from watching Amanpour's interview with the FM of Qatar and an Israeli spokesman. While she asked tough questions of the Qatar Minister, i did not see any follow up with the Israeli spokemen, thus allowing him to continue a discourse that the onus is on Hamas and not Israel. Israel wants Palestinians to engage in talks and negotiations, but that is what they have failed to do themselves in over 20 years. It is clear that Israel is only interested in a process and not a solution as it knows an equitable solution will be a diminished influence from their current position. At times like this, i and fair minded people the world over, can't help thinking that calls for justice from America and western media take a flight when it comes to the stance of Israel on settlement. How can any country in good conscience occupy a land,continue to grab with impunity, force their landlords to live under impossible conditions and then turn round to call the oppressed the aggressors and they are allowed to get away with it. We all don't suffer from amnesia. Its a shame that otherwise independent media like CNN and 'fearless' reporters like Amanpour cannot confront Israel. You are left with a sour taste of conspiracy.

    November 20, 2012 at 6:07 am | Reply
  4. Moser

    well, I regret believing Amanpour previously. when she framed Arafat as the problem. wounder if she can get an answer from the Israeli army about their investigation of shilling and killing a family of 7 setting on the beach in Gaza. in 2007

    November 20, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
  5. Farah

    I was watching your interview with qatar's PM, i suggest u should visit gaza and see for your self how people of gaza live their life. You shall put your self in their shoe if can u ever live in that situation. Just like qatar's PM said to u that people of palestine they just want to live a normal life like other human being, proper school for kids, proper hospital, proper home for a family member, proper water supply, electricity supply and so on. You can compare how people of israel live their life and how people of gaza live their life. I belive if israel government treat people of their neiboring country in palestine like how they treat their own people we can all live in peace and harmony. We may get d arab leaque to ensure hamas to cease fire but can we ensure Israel treat people of palestine as human being and shall willing tolend a helping hand to people of palestine to rebuild thier life back to normal as well as helping them to rebuild their basic aminities such as clean water supply, electricity supply, food supply, medication supply etc as normal human being should deserve. I believe Power of Media can change the world for a better place for all walk of life especially in gaza city no matter we are jewish, christian, muslim, buddha or any religions we deserve to live peacefully in this beautiful world. Lets do peace.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
  6. Bogart

    Wipe em off the face of the planet Israel.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  7. Sami Al Mjali

    On the contrary, Hamas succeeded in putting herself on the world's political map and changed the equation of deterance.

    November 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  8. Anonymouse

    Effectively, the Palestinians and the Israelis to have to stop playing.

    But do you think that, in the future, although his speech seems to have changed, your support for Khaleed Mechaal to succeed Youssef al-Qaradhawi will allow to calm the relations between the Muslim countries and Israel?

    November 26, 2012 at 1:59 am | Reply
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