The General Secretary of United Nations (UN) Ban Ki-Moon collaborated in secret with Israel and the United States to weaken the effects of a Board of Inquiry's report accusing Israel of human rights violations in Gaza in Dec. 2008 - Jan. 2009.
Israel has no clear or consistent policy on the Gaza Strip and Hamas, nor any coherent ideas about how to deal with them, according to WikiLeaks documents obtained exclusively by Haaretz.
A leaked US cable summarises a July 2008 discussion between the Prime Minister of the West Bank, Salam Fayyad, and chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, on the state of Israeli-Palestinian relations. While Fayyad thanked Washington for "unprecedented" assistance, complained about Israel's "unwanted" actions and discussed "relations" with Gazans; Erekat underlined the Palestinian Authority's commitment to finish a framework for permanent status.
Israeli officials may have told Americans in 2008 that "they intend to keep the Gazan economy functioning at the lowest level possible consistent with avoiding a humanitarian crisis" (see our separate entry), but another U.S. embassy cable from 2006 indicates a possible way around the siege: bribing Israelis were bribed to accept US goods into Gaza.
A June 2006 diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks last Thursday by the Aftenposten daily newspaper in Norway said that American companies told U.S. officials that large bribes were demanded in order to get goods into the blockaded Gaza Strip at an important cargo crossing.
The US has worked discreetly to block the supply of Iranian and Syrian weapons to the Palestinian movement Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah, pressuring Arab governments not to co-operate in many cases where the requests were based on secret intelligence provided by Israel.
Israel tried to coordinate the Gaza war with the Palestinian Authority, classified diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks said on Sunday, adding that both the PA and Egypt refused to take control of the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.