Israeli MK Oren: Arab states' rift with Qatar draws 'new line' in Mideast

June 5, 2017 13:13

MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), a former Israeli ambassador to the US, said Monday that the decision of several Arab Muslim states to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar served as a "New line drawn in the Middle Eastern sand."

The American-born Israeli historian added that the move stood as a turning point in the region, in which Israel was no longer solely pitted against Arab states, but now Israel and Arabs nations alike were unified in efforts "against Qatar-financed terror."

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen severed their ties with the wealthy Gulf nation, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

The coordinated move dramatically escalates a simmering dispute over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran.

Reuters contributed to this report. 

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