UN Sec General Flew to Israel on Plane Financed by Hamas Backer
Rule 1 of flying to a war zone to urge peace. Don’t fly on a plane belonging to a state sponsor of terror. It raises questions about your agenda.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon flew to Cairo on a Qatari-chartered plane, Newsweek reported Monday.
Accepting the flight from Qatar, which sponsors the terrorist organization Hamas, puts Ban in a compromised position. Newsweek notes that when he condemned the Israeli efforts to defend itself from Hamas rockets on Sunday, it marked “the first time in two weeks that Ban did not mention rocket or other attacks against Israelis.”
Aside from coloring Ban’s statements, his coziness with Qatar also threatens his ability to arrange a long-term ceasefire that would effectively restrain Hamas.
Ban’s choice of Qatar as the first Middle East capital on his trip has raised eyebrows in the region. Egypt, in particular, has bitterly criticized what Cairo’s foreign minister, Sameh Shukri, has called Qatar’s “conspiring” — along with Hamas and
its other regional ally, Turkey — against Egyptian attempts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
This whole thing is pretty strange.
Qatar’s funding of terrorists has made it the primary address for appeasers looking to broker a deal, from Obama to Moon, but it’s attracting too much attention these days, and while flying Moon in on a private jet gives Qatar more bragging rights, all it’s really doing is announcing that he’s there as a PR stunt by Qatar to sabotage negotiations.
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