Lee Smith at Tablet reports on the scandal recently buried in a long-winded report published in the New York Times: buried deep in the Times epic snoozer was a world-class scoop related to one of the worlds biggest and most controversial storiessomething so startling, and frankly so grotesque, that I have to bring it up again here: Martin Indyk, the man who ran John Kerrys Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, whose failure in turn set off this summers bloody Gaza War, cashed a $14.8 million check from Qatar. Yes, you heard that right: In his capacity as vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the prestigious Brookings Institution, Martin Indyk took an enormous sum of money from a foreign government that, in addition to its well-documented role as a funder of Sunni terror outfits throughout the Middle East, is the main patron of Hamaswhich happens to be the mortal enemy of both the State of Israel and Mahmoud Abbas Fatah party.
But far from trumpeting its big scoop, the Times seems to have missed it entirely, even allowing Indyk to opine that the best way for foreign governments to shape policy is "scholarly, independent research, based on objective criteria. Really? It is pretty hard to imagine what the words "independent and "objective mean coming from a man who while going from Brookings to public service and back to Brookings again pocketed $14.8 million in Qatari cash. At least the Times might have asked Indyk a few follow-up questions, like: Did he cash the check from Qatar before signing on to lead the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians? Did the check clear while he was in Jerusalem, or Ramallah? Or did the Qatari money land in the Brookings account only after Indyk gave interviews and speeches blaming the Israelis for his failure? Well never know now. But whichever way it happened looks pretty awful. (continue reading...)(...more)