Israel, Gulf states conducted secret diplomacy

December 3, 2010
do any of my online buddies earlier this year remember when I was called a conspiracy theorist for saying that Israeli war planes were flying over Arabia and a sub was in the Persian Gulf.  The truth about that will be out shortly too.
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Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu
speaks at a Knesset session
on Wednesday.
A classified 2009
diplomatic cable
disclosed this week
tells of secret diplomacy
between Israel
and Persian Gulf states.

“With the exception of Iraq and Libya, I believe every member of the Arab League had some form of contact, informal or otherwise, with Israel up to 1996,” Mr. Miller said. “This was through multilateral fora in some cases, the Middle East North African Economic Summit, for example, it was interest sections, and it was quiet contacts as well.”

In January 2009, after Israel launched “Operation Cast Lead” against Hamas in Gaza, Qatar, the last Arab Gulf state to have open ties with Israel closed an Israeli trade office, leaving Israel with no open diplomatic channels to the Persian Gulf states that it used during the 1990s.
But as the 2009 cable shows, by March of that year, the Qataris already invited an Israeli delegation back to Doha to discuss reopening the trade mission.
Nonetheless, that same month, the queen of Qatar, Mozah Bint Nasser al Missned, hired a U.S. public relations firm, Fenton Communications, to run a public-awareness campaign in America to highlight the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza.
Mr. Hadas argued that Qatar’s position on Iran was less than ideal, but did not reflect a fundamental change in its foreign policy. He even noted that Egyptian and Saudi pressure on Qatar seemed to be having an effect on the kingdom’s approach to Iran.
Israel has had access to the highest levels of the Qatari government. The memo discloses, for example, that Israel has contacts with Qatar’s emir, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, also known as Prince Hamad.
“Prince Hamad had told the Israelis in October 2006 that he believed Iran was determined to develop a nuclear bomb no matter the cost,” the cable says. “According to Hadas, Hamad complained at the time that he felt the U.S. would not listen to him and tended to believe what it heard from Iran.”
The leaked cable says former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni had “good personal relations” with Sheik Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Mr. Hadas said the UAE was “increasingly hostile” to Iran, but also noted that the Emirates allowed Iran to launder its money and had extensive financial dealings with the country. The Emiratis are “not ready to do publicly what they say in private,” the cable quotes Mr. Hadas as saying.
In February, the police chief of Dubai, an emirate in the UAE, publicly accused Israel’s Mossad of assassinating a Hamas arms dealer named Mahmoud al-Mabhouh

A classified 2009 diplomatic cable disclosed this week provides a rare glimpse into the secret and often high-level diplomacy between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, all countries that officially do not recognize the Jewish state.
Contrary to the condemnatory rhetoric opposing Israel in public, Arab diplomats behind the scenes have asked Israel to carry messages to the U.S. government and urged tougher action on Iran.
The March 19, 2009, cable quotes Yacov Hadas, deputy director of Israels Foreign Ministry, as telling an American diplomat: “The Gulf Arabs believe in Israel’s role because of their perception of Israel’s close relationship with the U.S., but also due to their sense that they can count on Israel against Iran.”
Mr. Hadas then says, “They believe Israel can work magic.”
Israel and the Gulf states have grown increasingly concerned in recent years about Iran’s nuclear program and that country’s support for radical political movements and terrorism throughout the Middle East.
The new disclosures by the website WikiLeaks coincide with other classified cables made public in recent days that show Arab leaders have been urging U.S. officials to take military action against Iran.
Throughout Israel’s history, the state has maintained back channels to Arab governments, even on the eve of war and during a cold peace. Nonetheless, Jordan and Egypt are the only two Arab states that maintain formal diplomatic ties with Israel with full representation at the ambassador level.
That said, nearly every Arab state has had less-formal ties with Israel on and off since the beginning of the Oslo peace process in the 1990s, but those ties began to sever in 2000 with the collapse of the peace process.
Aaron David Miller, who has been a senior Middle East adviser to six secretaries of state, said every Arab country with the exception of Iraq under Saddam Hussein and Libya has had some diplomatic channel to Israel.

Diplomats from the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia declined to comment for this article. A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy also declined to comment.
Other Israeli diplomats did, however, tell The Washington Times that Israeli officials have looked to coordinate some aspects of Iran policy with Arab states in private meetings in Europe and on the sidelines of international meetings. For example, Israelis have shared information with Gulf states on weapons and high-tech shipments bound for Iran, these diplomats said.
At the end of the cable, the American diplomat told Mr. Hadas that Arab leaders tell the United States that progress in the peace process “would make it easier for them to publicly engage Israel.”
Mr. Hadas countered, “The Israeli-Palestinian track should not serve as an excuse for the Gulf to avoid action, whether against Iran or through practical steps to support the Palestinian Authority.”
Mr. Miller said the secret contacts Arabs have maintained with Israel have some value, but not too much.
“In a sense, the Arabs are getting the best of both worlds: They get points with the Americans for carrying out quiet contacts with the Israelis, but they don’t get hammered by their own press or their regional rivals. That is how they prefer it,” he said.
In response to the disclosures this week, the White House announced it would be moving to change the classification procedures. In the past, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper said the recent leaking may spell the end for the intelligence-sharing reforms instituted after the 9/11 attacks.
Meanwhile, Amazon.com, which lent some of its server space to WikiLeaks, took the group off its servers after government pressure.


With evidence lacking against Israel now the BBC points the finger at all Jews around the world

February 23, 2010

The common language of these terrorists and their enablers are that they hate Zionists and not Jews, but now it is very obvious that isn’t just Israel that they hate when they start accusing diaspora Jewery.

A terrorist is assassinated and the defrauding business of Dubai attempts to libel Jews. How would publishing the photos and information in the case help find the suspects? Dubai isn’t interested in resolving the case at all and is merely waging a public relations war. As for the death of a re-known terrorist I hope Israel did kill him, but is it not premature to hand out the blame? Even if the blame does not stick… now these forces are looking to indict Jews around the world.
As self-righteous uproar against Israel rises in Britain over Mossad’s supposed use of stolen British passport identities for the hit-squad which assassinated senior Hamas operative Mahmoud Mabhouh, one or two solitary voices have been trying to introduce a little realism into this latest excuse for frighteningly unhinged Israel-bashing (see the newspaper comment threads, from the moment Dubai published the passport details, for the eruption of a hatred that seizes any and every opportunity to give vent to this bigotry). Tom Gross (who has circulated the picture above of one of Mabhouh’s victims, a child murdered by a Hamas missile in Sderot) has written an excellent resumé of the madness (this article being a notable exception), pointing out that much of the British media in particular has jumped to the conclusion that this was indeed a Mossad operation even though there is a possibility that Israel may have been set up.

Some of this coverage surely amounts to incitement to racial hatred. Douglas Murray draws attention here to the astonishing suggestion broadcast on BBC Radio Four’s PM programme that

up to one million Jews worldwide might be on hand to assist Mossad in executions

a claim which turns every Jew in the diaspora into a potential suspected killer and thus a target for hatred and violence. In my view this claim should be brought to the attention of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
If the Dubai hit was a Mossad operation, it would appear at first blush to have been remarkably incompetent; since the Mossad would obviously have realised that their every move was being recorded on Dubai’s omnipresent security cameras, to have laid a trail to lead straight back to Israel like this appears bafflingly sloppy. And to use the identities of people now living as immigrants in Israel is perplexing.
On the other hand, the Jerusalem Post reports that Israel had very good reason for wanting Mabhouh dead, so much so that it may have factored in the all-too likely repercussions:

A diplomatic fallout with London, caused by the use of forged UK passports, seems a very real possibility if UK authorities officially blame Israeli intelligence for the Dubai slaying. But such a development would surely have been factored into any decision to take Mabhouh out. The diplomatic friction now building up would have been deemed bearable before any go-ahead was given for the killing….According to reports, Mabhouh oversaw the smuggling of Iranian long-range rockets into Gaza, enabling Hamas to threaten the densely populated Gush Dan region, home to more than three million Israelis and the scene of the country’s financial hub.

Only in Britain could the eradication of someone who was planning to murder untold numbers of innocents (Tom Gross reports he was apparently en route to procure Iranian missiles capable of hitting Tel Aviv from Gaza) be deemed worthy of censure by western hypocrites. If, apart from eradicating a terrorist before he could further assist mass murder, the operation was intended to give a message to bad guys everywhere that they will be successfully hunted down, it was a striking success for whoever carried it out – so much so that if Israel was not behind this, it would undoubtedly want its enemies to think that it was. As for the British and Irish passport-holders whose identities were purloined for the hit:

… the olim [immigrants] who found their names on the Dubai police’s wanted list will not encounter great difficulties in clearing their names, since most of the details in the forged documents were changed from the originals. The assassins apparently went to great lengths to ensure that the olim could distance themselves from the incident, changing passport numbers, inserting bogus middle names and altering dates of birth.
… The Gulf state, keen to preserve its name as a neutral financial haven, free from the violent woes that afflict other parts of the Middle East, has gone out of its way to try and embarrass the assassins and those who sent them. Such efforts, presumably, would have been foreseen by the mission’s planners as a possible outcome, and deemed acceptable.

Certainly, Dubai seems to have gone to great lengths to incriminate Israel. Why, after all, did it publish the passport details like this? If it wanted to catch the real agents, this was hardly going to advance this aim for which it obviously needed merely to go through the usual channels of inter-state police and intelligence agencies. Dubai is now going out of its way to point the finger at Israel, with its police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim calling upon Interpol to issue a ‘Red Notice’ to arrest the head of Mossad.
There are many unanswered questions arising from Dubai’s claims. It is possible that Israel was responsible alone for this operation; it is possible that it was not involved and it is being set up; it is possible that Mossad was one of a number of state actors which are now setting up Israel alone to take the rap. Who knows?
Only the British media, it seems, for whom Israel is always guilty of bad deeds.

Sickening that people around the world aren’t shouting foul at the BBC who is showing their true NAZI colors. No Godwin’s so called law need apply. Hunting for accusations against global Jewery is no longer merely an accusation against Israel.

BBC, the British Broadcasting Corporation, is one of the world’s largest media institutions, disseminating news via television, radio and the Web. The BBC provides information in English, as well as 42 other languages, and has a global network of correspondents.
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