Why Did Israel Ask Qatar to Keep Funding Hamas During a Secret Mossad Visit to Doha?

Published February 23rd, 2020 - 10:33 GMT
Why Did Israel Ask Qatar to Keep Funding Hamas During a Secret Mossad Visit to Doha?
Liberman expressed his anger at the Israeli government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu for what he considered is "surrendering to terrorism". (Shutterstock)

In an interview with Israel's Channel 12 News, former Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman revealed details about a secret visit to Qatar by Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen and the Israeli military's chief of Southern Command Herzl Halevi to allegedly "beg the Qataris to keep pouring money into Hamas."

During the live interview, Liberman expressed his anger at the Israeli government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu for what he considered as "surrendering to terrorism." 

He added: "Both the Egyptians and the Qataris were angry with Hamas and they were planning to cut all ties with them. All of a sudden Netanyahu stepped up as a Hamas advocate and pressured Egypt and the Qataris to continue the financial support." 

Translation: "Does this mean that Israel is asking Qatar to pay money for Hamas? This drives me crazy!"

According to Walla news website, Cohen and Halevi arrived in Doha on the 5th of February for a 24-hour visit during which they met with the Qatari envoy to the Gaza Strip Mohammed al-Emadi and Qatari national security adviser Mohammed Bin Ahmed al-Misnad.

The website linked this news with what it described as the "on-going negotiations between Israel and Hamas aiming at deescalating the tension, mediated by Qatar."

Last Tuesday, a senior Qatari official announced Qatar's plans to "continue its humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip for another six months, including paying for electricity and helping poor families."

Translation: "They must be discussing ways to implement the deal of the century and everything that goes into achieving it."

Online commentators wondered whether these leaks were intended to target Netanyahu's election campaign, especially that Liberman has made several remarks attacking the prime minister's policies on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Other social media users argued that supporting Hamas and driving it further away from other Palestinian parties, most notably the Palestinian Authority, is in Israel's best interest, as deepening the conflict between Hamas and Fatah buys Israel more time to build more settlements and evade real peace talks with the Palestinians.

Translation: "The wise ones know that the Palestinian division that has been going on since 2006 is in Israel's best interest. Whenever it ends Palestinians will be in a better position which is exactly what they don't want."


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