Gaza Puts Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in a Bind
BY: JAMES M. DORSEY
Anwar Ibrahim faces dilemma: balancing support for Palestinians with avoiding Western pressure due to Hamas.
Critics label him a Western ally. Palestinian flag-waving protesters clashed with police near US embassy.
Activist Hishamuddin Rais protests Western-backed Israeli actions in Palestine, not a religious conflict.
Malaysia continues support for Hamas despite criticism after their attack on Israel.
Qatar mediates between Israel and Hamas. It aided the release of American hostages held by Hamas.
Qatar seeks to free more hostages, including Israelis and foreigners held by Hamas, but faces criticism.
Blinken rejects usual dealings with Hamas, thanks Qatar for hostages, imposes sanctions on operatives.
Hussien Ibish: Qatar to face scrutiny after hostage crisis resolution, with potential prisoner swaps.
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