Can Qatar-Funded American Mediators be Trusted?

Sunday, September 14, 2014 |  Ryan Jones

German Development Aid Minister Gerd Mueller earlier this month singled out Qatar as one of the Middle East’s leading financial sponsors of recognized terrorist organizations.

If Mueller’s assessment, which is shared by many, is accurate, then surely Qatar is an untrustworthy regime that certainly should not be relied upon by those purporting to seek peace in the region.

Yet, that’s precisely what some of America’s leading politicians and diplomats are doing.

It was already noted how at the outbreak of the summer’s Gaza war, senior US Representative Nancy Pelosi saw fit to seek Qatar’s counsel regarding whether or not Hamas could be trusted.

US Secretary of State John Kerry then enraged Israel when he sought the sheikdom’s counsel in formulating the Obama Administration’s first, failed ceasefire proposal at the height of that same Gaza war.

Israeli officials are now calling into question the credibility of America’s chief Middle East negotiator, Martin Indyk (pictured), after The New York Times revealed that his employer, the Brookings Institution, receives a sizable portion of its funding from Qatar.

“The fact that the same Qatari government [that bankrolls Hamas and other terror groups] is also a major provider of funds for a respectable Washington think tank raises a whole series of questions,” one government official told The Jerusalem Post.

The White House last week rejected the notion of including Iran in its growing coalition against the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) because, among other reasons, it deems Tehran to be a leading sponsor of terrorism.

Why then would the same American government not only cozy up to, but actively seek the assistance, both financially and in terms of information, of a nation that is openly aiding and abetting some of the region’s most vicious and uncompromising jihadists?

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