In a major turn of events, the government of Israel has cancelled a trip of their intelligence head, Yossi Cohen, to Qatar after it was revealed that he was expected to resume peace talks with Iran in a bid to free Western hostages which were held by Iran-backed groups.
The original trip was expected to take place in Qatar about a week ago, following Cohen’s testimony to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, during which he stated that Israel had been in secret negotiations with Tehran for some time. He said that these talks were aimed at negotiating the release of Western hostages held by Iran-backed factions such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
However, the Israeli government subsequently cancelled the trip to Qatar, citing “deteriorating regional conditions” as the reason. It is believed that behind the government’s decision was the fact that the area is becoming increasingly unstable as tensions continue to mount between Israel and Iran, and between the U.S. and Iran. Added to this was the fear that Mossad could face complications in their negotiations due to the volatile conditions of the region.
The cancellation of Yossi Cohen’s trip to Qatar could cause immense difficulties for the negotiations which were being held between Mossad and Iran, especially since these talks are still ongoing and the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. It is uncertain what the future holds for these negotiations, and whether or not they will still be able to continue and eventually bring about the release of the Western hostages.
Nevertheless, Mossad and Iran are both still hoping to engage in talks and come to a peaceful resolution to ensure that the Western hostages are released. For now, the Israeli government has yet to provide an official explanation as to why Cohen’s trip to Qatar was cancelled, and what their plans are for the future of the hostage negotiations.