AP Analysis: Qatar's defiance may spur Arab quartet to act
July 7, 2017
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar is showing no signs that it is about to bend to the demands of the four Arab countries lined up against it.
That puts the quartet of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, which have accused Doha of a host of transgressions, including backing extremist groups, in a tough spot.
By refusing to give in to the Arab states' ultimatum, tiny but wealthy Qatar is calling their bluff and forcing them to prove how much leverage they actually have over their wayward neighbor — which could spur them to impose more punitive sanctions.