What is behind Qatar’s shift towards Israel? (Part 1)
Video     Photos     Pakistan     World     Islam     Health     Crime     Islamic News     Business     Society     India     Travel     Middle East     Sport     sci/tech      Contact      RSS

Is former President Musharraf on deathbed?

Five-star Abbas bowls out Australia

Can NAB really hold Shahbaz Sharif accountable?

Iran assured of help in tracing abducted guards

A deal again: How US going to rescue Saudia from Kashoggi's murder episode?

Zainab's rapist, murderer Imran Ali hanged at Kot Lakhpat Jail

Saudi Prince calls for military campaign against Kuwait, sparks backlash

Allama Hassan Zafar says those ridiculed judiciary, top judges, are freed

JCSC Pakistan chief in US for conference on countering violent extremist outfits

Forward bloc in PTI?

China endorses Pakistan’s aid request to IMF

Sunday by-poll: Analysis and lessons for PTI

Shrines under the watchful eye: CJP orders forensic audit

Saudi riyal at lowest level since 2016 over Khashoggi case

India, Iran to speed up Chabahar plan before US bans

UET Peshawar Students Develop a Solution to Power Theft

Pakistan wins first medal in 2018 Youth Olympics in wrestling

Shia pilgrims denied entry into Balochistan, stuck at provincial border with Sindh

Iran embassy in Ankara evacuated after 'bomb warning'

Mother defeats son in Muzaffargarh by-elections

Asia Bibi case: Opportunist Khadim Rizvi threatens judiciary, NGOs and the lawyer

U.S envoy met the Taliban representatives in Qatar

$2 bn RLNG pipeline: Crucial Pak-Russia talks begin today

Saudi source: Reconciliation with Iran possible if sanctions imposed

Three Saudi soldiers killed in clashes with Yemeni army in border areas

Saudis 'reject' threats as stocks drop amid scrutiny over missing journalist

On the decliine: PTI fails to clinch NA seat in by-polls

Jamal Khashoggi was no Revolutionary, Rebel or Human rights defender

The question of cuffs

Pakistan By-election results 2018 LIVE Updates

After DPO Gondal, another short shrift for IGP Punjab

Illegal recruitments scam: NAB Arrests ex-PU VC, five registers

TLP threatens to paralyse country if Aasia Bibi is acquitted

In the shadow of loan: Is US trying to create rift between China and Pakistan?

British-Pakistani Iris Iftikhar eyes Gold at British Taekwondo Championship

Trump using Iranophobia to sell American munitions to Arab states: Nasrallah

UK imam fired for anti-Saudi comments

Sunni Ittehad Council chief condemns arrest of Faisal Raza Abidi

Pakistan will continue to trade with Iran in own interest despite US sanctions

Jamal Khashoggi changes the Middle East at potentially horrible cost

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline

Why has Mr. Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui been removed as IHC Judge?

How to register your mobile device with PTA?

US sees Chinese debt responsible for economic woes in Pakistan

Indian troops martyr PhD scholar Dr Manan Wani among two in IoK

HRW urges Saudi allies to review ties over missing journalist

Australia dash Pakistan's dreams by drawing first Test

Minister sees 8 months halt every year if Pakistan-Iran ferry service launched

Pakistan formally seeks financial assistance from IMF

Saudi crown prince ordered operation against missing journalist: report

Murder of Saudi Journalist: A ticking time bomb between Turkey and KSA

Pak-China Armed Drone deal and its implications in the region

Who is Calsons?: NAB’s best bet in Ashiana case

'Yemenis target Saudi military boat in counter-strike'

Saudi Arabia's dark history of abduction and killing dissidents

China to sell unmanned, strike-capable drones to Pakistan

Turkey vows to put on trial Saudi officials tied to Khashoggi case

Pakistani rupee, the cheapest currency in South Asia: Report

Faisal Raza Abidi arrested outside Supreme Court for criticizing powerful figures

Who is Ibrahim Koko?: Startling case of fake travel documents

IMF warns Pakistan against ‘excessive loans’ from China

“No NRO”: PM maintains rigid stance against corruption

Saudis, authoritarian leaders inspired by Trump: Sanders

Allama Raja Nasir asks government to rescue Shia Zaireen at Taftan border

DPO Pakpattan case: Who is the real winner?

Pakistan With or Without the IMF?

Qatar Airways will continue flights to Iran, unfazed by US sanctions

Pakistan extend lead to 325 against Australia

No threat to Pakistan from Cyclone Luban

Neither Saudi Arabia, nor other producers can replace Iranian oil: Zangeneh

Blasphemy charges: Khanewal police book man for claiming to be '11th caliph'

PhD Transfer Programs: HEC greets US delegation

Shahbaz Arrest: Nawaz steps in as PML-N bets on sympathy vote

Pakistan ex-minister suggests to enhance trade ties with Iran

Imran must keep working relations with Iran

Treason case: LHC orders removal of Cyril Almeida's name from ECL, withdraws warrants

Another surgical strike?

Saudi cleric close to MBS calls for 'peace' trip to Israel

Cleric declares himself 11th Imam of Islam

ASWJ Mengal group terrorist involved in Shia genocide released

LHC rejects police stance on permission for azadari Majlis in houses

Review of CPEC accord underway: Imran

LNG Accord: Are Pak-Qatar ties in danger?

Shahbaz Sharif Arrested: What Next?

Pakistan off to steady start in first Test against Australia

Health Ministry: 1 in 3 Yemeni children suffer from severe malnutrition

Missing Saudi journalist killed at consulate in Turkey: Sources

Is Shahbaz Sharif's arrest meant to rig elections?

Peshawar University fiasco: A shame for democracy

Demonstration held in Islamabad to protest against Saudi govt

Inside story of Mehmoodur Rasheed son's case

What Fawad Hassan Fawad disclosed about Shehbaz Sharif at NAB office?

Sarfraz wants Yasir Shah to attack new-look Australia

What happened in the Cabinet meeting?

In rebuttal to Trump, Salman says Saudi won’t pay US for kingdom’s security

Blackwater plan to outsource Afghan war draws angry response from Kabul

Politicians, analysts react to Shahbaz Sharif's arrest by NAB

Jadeja hits maiden ton as India declare on record 649-9

America’s Iran Policy Is Helping China Advance a Multipolar World

Shahbaz Sharif arrested by NAB Lahore in Ashiana Housing scam case

2018-10-01 15:10:21

What is behind Qatar’s shift towards Israel? (Part 1)


Over the past year or so, the tiny Gulf state of Qatar has been getting increasingly close to pro-Israel figures from the United States.


Things are so bad that Qatar last year donated a quarter of a million dollars to some of America’s mostly rabidly anti-Palestinian, hard-right Zionist organisations, including the Zionist Organisation of America, whose president Morton Klein this month slandered Palestinians in openly racist terms as “filthy Arab[s]”.

A pro-Israel policy is something of a departure for the small, gas-rich emirate. Qatar has enormous amounts of natural gas under its control, which guarantees virtually unlimited economic freedom. According to Qatargas, it has the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves after Russia and Iran.

It is this fabulous wealth that enables most subjects of the emirate to live in relative prosperity, unlike much of its manual workforce, mostly hired from poorer countries overseas. Liquid petroleum gas is also the fuel which funds the satellite TV network Al Jazeera. While not as influential in the region as it once was, it is still an important voice, and its programmes are watched by millions in the Arab world and beyond, thanks to its Al Jazeera English channel, which was launched in 2006.

Although a lot of the start-up talent behind Al Jazeera English were former BBC broadcasters and other journalists, its coverage of Palestine has been quite different to the BBC’s almost instinctive affinity for Israel. Al Jazeera English has been far more critical – and thus far more realistic – in its coverage of Israeli war crimes and racism in Palestine, to say nothing about the original Arabic-language Al Jazeera channel.

One factor in this is the reality that both channels draw extensively on Palestinian talent, both in front of and behind the cameras. It is often said that Palestinians are, per capita, the most educated people in the Arab world, and there is a long tradition of pan-Arab media organisations benefiting from the extensive talents of the the Palestinian diaspora.

Qatar’s foreign policy towards Israel has over the years been something of a mixed bag, in essentially trying to play both sides. While the state has no formal diplomatic relations with Israel, it has at times opened secretive, back-door connections, including commercial ties.

On the other hand, the state has also hosted the leaders of some Palestinian political and resistance organisations in exile, including some from Hamas. Last year, though, something changed, resulting in Qatar’s open embrace of Israel.

That something was the Saudi-UAE blockade of their smaller neighbour, which has reportedly cost Qatar tens of millions of dollars since it was imposed. While the Trump administration has unconvincingly attempted to portray itself as a mediator between the Saudi/UAE side and the Qataris, US President Donald Trump’s notorious embrace of the Saudi tyrants shortly before the blockade, and his open agreement to their attempt — along with the Egyptian dictatorship —to single-out Qatar as the regional sponsor of terrorism gave a clear green light to the blockade.

The irony, of course, is that there is, in reality, no bigger regional sponsor of extremist jihadist groups like “Islamic State” and Al-Qaeda than Saudi Arabia. Trump’s endorsement, therefore, was far more about cynical self-interest; the interests of Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner to be exact. The latter reportedly tried and failed to raise a half-a-billion-dollar investment loan from Qatar not long before the blockade started. It was Kushner who, according to reports, then pushed Trump into a hard-line policy against the government in Doha.

Regardless of this, the blockade has had serious consequences for the country, and specifically for its relations with Israel. Since June last year, Qatar has sent an army of Washington DC lobbyists into action, paying millions of dollars in consultancy and other fees. Reuters reports that the total rose to $24 million in lobbying fees alone, almost the same as Saudi Arabia’s reported $25-million PR assault around about the same time.

Part of these efforts has involved Qatar’s embrace of some of America’s most extreme anti-Palestinian groups. The Qataris clearly see – not without reason – that a change in their policies regarding Israel is a way to cosy up to Trump. No doubt the reasoning is that it could help persuade Washington to reverse its policies against Qatar.

With one of Trump’s biggest donors being Sheldon Adelson, it is easy to see why. The hard-right Zionist casino billionaire is also one of America’s biggest donors to anti-Palestinian organisations, funding such groups as the Israel Project, Birthright Israel and the “Friends of the Israel Defence Forces”.

Asa Winstanley 

Categories:   _Top 4 ،
Tags:   US ، Gulf ، Israel ، Qatar ،
From other agencies (RSS Reader)

Photo of the Day

- presstv