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.
“[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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