Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, of Qatar, tells Arab states that they should consider American proposals for democratic reform and that Arabs should not stop using the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and various security fears to rationalize their delays of reforms.
Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani says:
"The calls for reform coming from abroad need reflection by the people of our region before rejecting it...They should be carefully studied so that if it is accepted, it is with confidence and if it is rejected, it is justified.
Honesty obliges us to stress that the wrath in our region does not spring only from the Palestinian cause but goes deeper and is due to problems of our own creation that have nothing to do with the outside world — problems that we allowed to grow unremedied and unchecked.
For years, loud voices have been coming out from the region...claiming that if popular participation is broadened it would only result in bringing in those who would endanger peace and put an end to security. Yet, the adoption of reforms has always been the right way to stability."