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Saturday, 19 July 2014
UAE 'offered to fund Israel's Gaza offensive'
The UAE knew in advance of Israel's plans for an offensive in Gaza and even offered to fund the operation provided the militant Palestinian outfit Hamas was eliminated in the process, Israel's Channel 2 claimed in a recent report, according to local Arabic daily Al Sharq. The daily says in a report published today that Israel's leading national TV station (Channel 2 in Hebrew) disclosed details of secret parleys between the UAE's foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, in Paris at the end of last month.
Both leaders met on the sly in Paris on the sidelines of a meeting of a meeting of foreign ministers from the GCC states and Jordan with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Israel’s foreign minister was also in the city.
The meeting was to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian issue.
Al Sharq said the UAE was aware of Israeli’s planned military action in Gaza beforehand and Al Nahyan, at his meeting with Lieberman, expressed his country’s keenness to fund Israeli’s Gaza offensive provided the Hamas movement was annihilated since it had close links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
According to Al Sharq, Channel 2 reported that just a few days ago there was a meeting between Sheikh Abdullah and an Israeli minister in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Abdullah’s Security Adviser, Mohamed Dahlan, was also present. Dahlan, a Palestinian, is a former Fatah member expelled from the party and Gaza and now lives in the UAE.