President of the Zionist Organization visits Qatar, meets Tamim

Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization, who visited Qatar and met many top officials. (Supplied)

A top right-wing American Jewish leader, Morton Klein who is the president of the Zionist Organization visited Qatar and meet with its leader.

Klein speaking to the Israeli newspaper said that during his visit he met with many Qatari officials and also the Emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

He affirmed in remarks to the newspaper that the Qataris had invited him to visit over many months from September to December, before he confirmed his visit early this month.

Morton said: “At first I refused because of their support for Hamas and the anti-Semitism being broadcast on Al Jazeera television.”

But then he added he saw that “more and more Jewish leaders were going there, and I realized that at this point, they won’t be able to use me for propaganda because everyone is already going, but I might use the visit to push them on these issues.”

Ever since the Arab states boycotted Qatar last summer over its support to radical groups and its interference in neighboring countries with the support of Iran, Doha has been trying to canvass international opinion through Westerners as well as Jewish figures.

Many other American pro-Israel figures have also visited Qatar in recent months including Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations; Alan Dershowitz, the lawyer known for his TV appearances; and Orthodox Jewish leaders.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Israel embassy in the US, told Haaretz newspaper that it did not approve of the meetings by right-wing Jewish leaders with in recent months.

Last Update: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 KSA 17:51 - GMT 14:51

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