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What is behind Qatar’s shift towards Israel?

Over the past year or so, the tiny Gulf state of Qatar has been getting increasingly close to pro-Israel figures from the United States. Things are so bad that Qatar last year donated a quarter of a million dollars to some of America’s mostly rabidly anti-Palestinian, hard-right Zionist organisations, including the Zionist Organisation of America, whose president Morton Klein this month slandered Palestinians in openly racist terms as “filthy Arab[s]”.

A pro-Israel policy is something of a departure for the small, gas-rich emirate. Qatar has enormous amounts of natural gas under its control, which guarantees virtually unlimited economic freedom. According to Qatargas, it has the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves after Russia and Iran.

It is this fabulous wealth that enables most subjects of the emirate to live in relative prosperity, unlike much of its manual workforce, mostly hired from poorer countries overseas. Liquid petroleum gas is also the fuel which funds the satellite TV network Al Jazeera. While not as influential in the region as it once was, it is still an important voice, and its programmes are watched by millions in the Arab world and beyond, thanks to its Al Jazeera English channel, which was launched in 2006.