US plan to build Gaza aid pier is ‘dream come true for Hamas’, says Israel

Secretary of State Antony Blinken involved Hamas-funder Qatar in talks about aid corridor – but Israel did not attend


The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Palestinian authority on November 04, 2023 in Amman, Jordan. (Getty)

A US plan to build a pier to bring in aid to Gaza with the help of Qatar would be a “dream come true for Hamas” an Israeli official has said.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on Wednesday to counterparts from Cyprus, Qatar, Britain, the UAE, the European Union and the United Nations about coordinating the maritime corridor to be used to bring humanitarian aid into Gaza.

No Israeli representative participated, but Qatari Minister of State Mohammed bin Abdulaziz bin Saleh al-Khulaifi attended.

Qatar is a long-time funder of Hamas, and an Israel official told Ynet: "Qatari involvement in a port in Gaza would be a dream come true for Hamas and it is too bad that Israel missed the gravity of the situation in time to stop it.

"The Americans are rushing ahead. There is coordination between Israel and Cyprus and there is the American initiative to establish the temporary pier and its management and they decided to include Qatar despite our reservations.

“One can only hope this would be ultimately reversed. Qatar must not have a hold on any port in Gaza."

Blinken told reporters after the meeting: “We look to the government of Israel to make sure this is a priority. Protecting civilians, getting people the assistance they need — that has to be job No. 1, even as they do what is necessary to defend the country and to deal with the threat posed by Hamas.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee on Tuesday that only he can stand up to the Americans, Ynet reported.

"We have to say 'no' to the US, and anyone who is unable to do so cannot be prime minister," he said.

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