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Qatar’s Neymar deal proves costly … in more ways than one

David Andrew Weinberg
10th August 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Many Arabs have cried foul over Qatar’s link to the record-breaking $263 million transfer deal for Neymar — as it emerged that such a fee could have paid for much of the outstanding humanitarian aid required in Palestine this year.

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Other commentators said that Qatar’s power plays have backfired. David Weinberg, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a non-profit, non-partisan policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security, said that Doha’s soft power ambitions had seen it build relationships with “terrorists.”

“Ever since Qatar saw Kuwait get gobbled up by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in 1990, it has sought ways to diversify its security support beyond Saudi Arabia. In part, Qatar has sought to achieve this by investing in property, sports, and other initiatives in Western countries to ensure that the United States and Europe will be friendly to Qatar and come to Qatar’s aid in the event of a crisis,” Weinberg told Arab News.

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