The New Yorker daily revealed on Monday that US President Donald Trump's administration is working with "Israeli" Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to create a rift between the Gulf states and the Palestinians.
In a wide-ranging report on Trump's Middle East policy, the daily highlighted that Trump administration's so-called "peace" plan, which will likely be much closer to the apartheid entity's positions than previous US plans, could be used by Netanyahu to divide the Gulf monarchies and the Palestinians.
Netanyahu, according to the report, expects the Palestinians to reject Trump's plan, thus creating an opening for the Gulf states to support it and distance themselves from the Palestinian leadership while inching closer towards "Israel", with whom they share a common view of Iran as the main threat in the region.
According to the report, the Obama administration suspected that Netanyahu secretly met with leaders from the Gulf in 2015 in Cyprus, as part of an attempt to organize a joint strategy against the Iran nuclear deal. Netanyahu did visit Cyprus in 2015, but the report didn't include specific details on when exactly the meeting took place, or who attended it. Netanyahu's presence at the meeting was suspected by the Obama administration, but never fully proven.
The report included excerpts from an email that Jared Kushner sent to other senior administration officials regarding the decision to significantly cut funding to UNRWA.
In the email Kushner boasts that "UNRWA has been threatening us for 6 months that if they don't get a check they will close schools. Nothing has happened. We have made some big moves and everyone in the region is on their toes which is where they need to be for real change. Our goal can't be to keep things stable and as they are, our goal has to be to make things significantly BETTER! Sometimes you have to strategically risk breaking things in order to get there."
Source: The New Yorker, Edited by website team