Jefferson Morley | February 3, 2020
CIA Director Meets Chief of Palestinian Intelligence
According to the semi-official Palestinian news service, the agenda concerned Jared Kushner’s peace plan, which no Palestinian leader has yet endorsed.
Behind closed doors, the Palestinians reportedly told Haspel they wanted good relations with the CIA but could not cooperate with Israel on the Kushner’s plan, which Palestinians say consolidates the Israeli occupation.
Discussions revolved around the detail of the plan, dubbed the “deal of the century”, the broadcaster said, noting that Haspel obtained guarantees from the PA intelligence that ties with the CIA would not be affected by the announcement. At the same time, according to Kan, the PA intelligence said that the security cooperation with the Israeli occupation “is still continuous” and the Palestinians only threatened to stop relations with Israel.
Once again, the chief of an intelligence service performed the role once reserved for ambassadors. This also happened with Haspel went to Turkey to obtain the Turkish government’s information on the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. As intelligence agencies have grown more powerful in the 21st century, spies have supplied diplomats as geopolitical actors.