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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses for a photo with President Donald J. Trump before his swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2018. (Photo: State Department photo)

The United States has the dubious distinction of being the world’s leading arms dealer. It dominates the global trade in a historic fashion and nowhere is that domination more complete than in the Middle East.

A Palestinian man rides his motorcycle in front of the image of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, adorn's a barrier where a project funded by Qatar is under construction, in Gaza City on October 21, 2012. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Qatar first began funding Gaza in 2012, in conjunction with the rise to power of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and has since sent more than $1 billion. But the Gaza Strip suffers from the world’s highest rate of unemployment and poverty, and Qatari money hasn’t reduced the decline. “To really address the humanitarian crisis, we need to find solutions, not just temporary relief,” says Yahya Qaoud, a political researcher with the Palestinian Center for Policy Research and Strategic Studies.