PA’s Abbas Fuming Over Qatar Ambassador’s Praise for Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly enraged this week after Qatari ambassador to Gaza Mohammed Al-Emadi praised Israel for helping reconstruction efforts in the coastal enclave while slamming the PA for wasting $100 million of Qatar’s aid.
“It seems that the movements of Ambassador angered the Palestinian presidency, which prefers to silence the media about him, and to prevent any public criticism directly about him,” said Arabic news outlet Karama Press, cited by the popular blogger Elder of Ziyon.
Ambassador Al-Emadi, who is president of the Qatari National Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, accused Egypt and the PA of misusing more than $100 million Qatar donated to help electricity needs in Gaza, saying “the whole amount went down the drain.” He applauded Israel’s efforts in the reconstruction process and said he senses real intent by the Jewish state to improve living conditions in Gaza.
Although Al-Emadi said Qatar is not making deals directly with Israel to bring aid to Gaza, Al Resalah reported that Fatah’s Secretary of the Revolutionary Council Ameen Maqboul expressed “worry” concerning suspected Qatari negotiations with Israel regarding the reconstruction.
According to the publication, “Maqboul considered the meetings of the Qataris and the Israelis as overstep to the PA’s role. Raialyoum Newspaper revealed that the PA President Mahmoud Abbas give the Fatah officials a green light to attack Qatar.”
Qatar donated $1 billion to Gaza after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge last summer including $200 million to the PA that Emadi said was designated to be spent in Gaza, Elder of Ziyon noted.