Will Qatar’s Foreign Policy Shift After Regime Change in Iran?

Qatar’s foreign policy is based on both being aligned with the United States and the Islamist nexus (including Iran) despite the Qatari ruling class themselves not being Islamists and hence the Qatari policy of funding Islamists, Jihadists and terrorists everywhere. Similarly has Qatar maintained a peculiar policy of both being aligned with Hamas and maintaining ties with Israel. The blockade by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates against Qatar and which lasted for several years failed to alter Qatar’s destructive behavior of funding organizations of the Islamist nexus. Once there is regime change in Iran however, Doha’s policy is set to change. In a post-Islamist Islamdom will there be no geostrategic impetus for sponsoring Islamists and Jihadists and Qatar will very likely normalize and align with Israel like other Gulf states. Qatar in recent days ruled out normalization with Israel, ostensibly due to the two-state solution being off the table. However, Doha practices strict realpolitik and is keeping all its options open in being unsure who will dominate the Middle East in the future. Once the Khomeinist regime is unseated will Qatar opportunistically go with the victors and will of course be forgiven all its sins.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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