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Analysis: Saudis seek hegemony in showdown with Qatar

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Analysis: Saudis seek hegemony in showdown with Qatar
    By Ben Lynfield
    June 18, 2017 21:36
    Riyadh is livid that Doha does not toe its stridently anti-Iranian line and has demanded that it cease support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.
    A man walks past Qatar Airways office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, June 5, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    Saudi Arabia is keeping the pressure on Qatar two weeks after it led Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in severing ties with Doha and closing airspace and seaports to the tiny Gulf country. The allies are working on a list of all their grievances against Qatar, which until now have been cast mostly in general terms of “supporting terrorist groups” and deploying “hostile media,” a reference to the popular al-Jazeera satellite television station.

    Riyadh is livid that Doha does not toe its stridently anti-Iranian line and has demanded that it cease support for the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. The four allies say Qatar adopts policies that aim to “destabilize the region” and are “threatening Arab national security.” Qatar denies this. Analysts say the steps Saudi Arabia has led in taking against Qatar are actually about showing who is boss in the Arabian Peninsula and that there will be no deviation from Saudi hegemony.

    more..............http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Analysis-Saudis-seek-hegemony-in-showdown-with-Qatar-497219
     
  2. Tall Timbers

    Tall Timbers Imperfect but forgiven

    The idea that this is about Saudi hegemony in the region makes more sense than the "supporting terrorism" idea... given that the other parties would likely be no less guilty with regards to the "supporting terrorism" claim.
     
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  3. Andrew

    Andrew Mhodaireatair Staff Member

    Yes, that does make more sense.
     
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