The Untold Story of Lauder’s Covert Meeting with the Emir of Qatar

Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, has been influencing the Qataris to negotiate the release of Israeli hostages by Hamas. During discussions in Qatar between October 30-November 1, a high-level delegation, including Lauder and heads of European Jewish communities, met with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. The content of the meetings was not disclosed, but the emir reportedly met with the delegation for several hours to discuss the situation of Israeli hostages in Gaza. Lauder’s diplomatic connections and the European Jewish communities are valuable assets for Qatar, which seeks access and approval from European nations. In a statement, Lauder expressed gratitude to Qatar for their role in facilitating the release of the hostages held by Hamas. The WJC delegation, which included prominent Jewish figures, was reassured by Qatari leaders’ commitment to the hostages’ freedom. Lauder also met with leaders in Jordan and Qatar, using his strong relationships to assist the Jewish community. This assistance illustrates the bond between Diaspora and Israeli Jews.