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Israel’s phoney post-Arab Spring falling out with Qatar

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In an op-ed piece for Tablet Magazine, Weekly Standard senior editor Lee Smith correctly identifies two of the major beneficiaries of this year’s turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa:

As the dust starts to settle from the upheavals of the Arab Spring, two clear winners have emerged: Israel and Qatar. The governments in both countries remained the same, and their ability to project influence throughout the region has greatly increased as their traditional rivals have weakened.

Smith, a fellow at the Zionist-funded Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, goes on to argue that the two Arab Spring winners have just had a falling out:

Last week the Israeli daily Ma’ariv relayed a report from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs explaining that Israel is incensed with Qatar and intends to break off relations with the spunky Persian Gulf emirate. Among other complaints Jerusalem has with Doha is its unyielding support of Hamas and efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state, like funding lawfare against Israel, including legal actions regarding the Mavi Marmara incident.

As part of its campaign against Qatar, the Maariv report claimed that the Israeli government would no longer allow journalists employed by Al Jazeera, the Qatari emir’s de facto public diplomacy wing, to operate within its precincts. However, the station’s bureau chief is still working from Jerusalem and is in little danger of being chased out of the country. Nonetheless, by shining the spotlight on Al Jazeera, Israel is illuminating the satellite network’s negative influence in the region.

Indeed. All the better to maintain Al Jazeera’s useful image as an anti-Zionist force in the region.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

September 16, 2011 at 4:29 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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