In 2014 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar to emphasize their objections to various policies adopted and actions taken by the Gulf state. As a result, the reigning emir abdicated in favor of his son. Ambassadors were restored, and the Gulf states confidently expected important changes in Qatari policies. It didn’t happen, and the son proved just as bad an actor as his father.
For years, Qatar has been using its huge wealth from natural gas exports to fund a number of terrorist organizations in the Middle East, starting with the Muslim Brotherhood. It has also taken a very pro-Iranian stance in direct confrontation with Iran’s enemy, Saudi Arabia. Finally, the Saudis and the Emiratis decided enough is enough.