Leaked emails revealed UAE works with Israeli lobby against Qatar, Iran

Hackers have released email revealing how UAE ambassador to the US is collaborating with an Israeli lobby group against Qatar.

The released email exchanges between the Emirati ambassador to the US and top foreign policy figures that include details of a forthcoming meeting between UAE officials and a pro-Israel think tank and lobby group. 

According to the leaked emails published by The Intercept, UAE envoy Yousef al-Otaiba, an influential envoy in Washington DC, is in “almost constant phone and email contact” with US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. 

The emails reveal what appears to be a close relationship between Otaiba and members of the pro-Israel think tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), which is funded by businessman Sheldon Adelson, an ally of Israeli regime’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a major donor to US conservative and Republican Party Causes. 

The emails also detail a multi-page proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting between FDD and UAE government officials that is scheduled for 11-14 June. 

Mark Dubowitz, FDD’s CEO, and John Hannah, FDD’s senior counsellor, are listed as attending, as well as Jonathan Schanzer, FDD vice president for research. UAE officials requested for meetings to include Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince who commands the armed forces. 

The agenda includes an extensive discussion between the two sides on Qatar. They are scheduled to discuss, for example, “Al Jazeera as an instrument of regional instability”. Media network Al Jazeera has based in Qatar and is state-funded. 

Another agenda of the meeting with the FDD is to find ways of hampering Iran’s ability to engage in business activities with major companies around the world. 

The emails were released hours before UAE joined Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar.

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