Qatari prime minister says Hamas and Israel must bridge their fundamental differences to end the Gaza war

Qatari officials say Hamas and Israel’s fundamental differences need to be bridged to bring an end to the war in Gaza.

“We have seen the behavior from both parties (Israel and Hamas) on different occasions being counterproductive to the efforts; while we are respecting our role as mediator, we are trying our best not to consider ourselves as, you know, the party of that conflict,” Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani said on Wednesday.

Al-Thani said the Qatari’s had been struggling “for a very long time” trying to work out how to bridge the “two fundamental differences between what Hamas wants as a permanent ceasefire, and what Israel wants as a hostage release and maybe a plan to continue the war,” Al-Thani added.

“What we are aiming for is one specific goal is to end the war, to end the suffering of the people in Gaza, and to get the hostages back,” he said.



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