maandag 8 september 2014

Qatar achter denktank in VS

De invloed van Qatar blijkt iedere keer groter dan algemeen bekend is

 

The New York Times legde de financiele rol van Qatar bloot bij het Brookings Istitution in de VS, een denktank die politici vaak adviseert. Een belangrijke man bij Brookings is Martin Indyk, de man die namens de VS de laatste ronde van vredesonderhandelingen tussen de PA en Israel leidde. Nadat de onderhandelingen afgebroken waren ging Indyk terug naar Brookings en bekritiseerde de rol van Israel en Netanjahoe bij de afgebroken besprekingen. Klinkt niet erg objectief als je bedenkt dat Qatar voor zijn bijdrage wel bedingt dat zijn belangen voorop staan. Indyk heeft daar een mooie uitdrukking voor:  “Our business is to influence policy with scholarly, independent research, based on objective criteria; and to be policy-relevant, we need to engage policy-makers. Dat gelooft u toch ook direct omdat Indyk dat zegt? Qatar is toch een goede financier? Uiteindelijk financiert Qatar Hamas en rebellen in Syrie, steunt het de Moslim-Broederschap en chanteert het de topman van Hamas Meshal. Dat zijn goede referenties voor Indyk en het is eigenlijk ongehoord dat een instutuut dat Qatar als financier accepteert gewoon adviseurs voor Obama kan leveren.

 

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http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Jlem-doubts-Indyks-institute-after-Qatar-funding-reports-374717

 

 

Brookings think tank is home to former Middle East envoy; Arab state’s four-year donation totals $14.8m.

Martin Indyk. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Israeli government officials on Sunday questioned the impartiality of the prestigious Brookings Institution, the past and present employer of former US Middle East envoy Martin Indyk, following a New York Times report Sunday revealing that Qatar is a major contributor to that think tank.
“Qatar has been a major bankroller for Hamas and other terrorist organizations,” one government official said. “The fact that the same Qatari government is also a major provider of funds for a respectable Washington think tank raises a whole series of questions about that think tank’s relationships and impartiality.”
According to the Times report, Qatar – the single biggest foreign donor to Brookings, which gets 12 percent of its funds from foreign sources – agreed in 2013 to make a $14.8 million, four-year donation to the institution.
Among the questions this has raised in Jerusalem is the degree to which the institute can impartially draw up papers relating to Qatar, such as its role in the Middle East and the financing of terror organizations.
Qatar is Hamas’s main financial backer.
According to the report, “more than a dozen prominent Washington research groups have received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments in recent years while pushing United States government officials to adopt policies that often reflect the donors’ priorities.”
Despite constant media chatter about how the “Israel Lobby” dominates Washington, Israel was not among the 56 countries listed in a graphic as contributing funds to nine major think tanks, such as Brookings, the Atlantic Council, the Center for Global Development, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Middle East Institute and the German Marshall Fund of the US.
There were, however, nine other Middle East countries on that list of givers.
The report said that in addition to Qatar, other major foreign donors to Brookings are the United Arab Emirates and Norway.

Indyk, who took leave from Brookings to serve as the US special Middle East envoy during the nine months of unsuccessful Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that ended in April, returned to the think tank after the negotiations failed and is currently its vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program.,” he told the Times.
After stepping down as Middle East envoy, Indyk – in speeches and interviews – was highly critical of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and placed a large share of the blame for the breakdown of the talks on the prime minister’s shoulders.
In a recent interview with Foreign Policy magazine about the Gaza conflict, Indyk said US President Barack Obama became “enraged” with Israeli criticism of US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Indyk said Gaza has had a “very negative” impact on the US-Israel relationship.


   

 

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