Tuesday, July 10, 2012
U.S. State Department Deliberately Excludes Israel From Counterterrorism Forum
Hardly surprising, but worth noting, especially given the Obama Administration's embrace of Islamists and the Muslim Brotherhood:
Despite pleas from Senators on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration excluded Israel from a new counterterrorism forum and neglected to mention its long and deadly struggle with terrorism during remarks presented yesterday in Spain.
Maria Otero, the State Department’s Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, delivered a speech entitled “Victims of Terrorism” before 29 members of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, an coalition of countries—not including Israel—that collectively combat terror.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sparked a controversy in June when she announced the coalition’s formation and neglected to include Israel on a list of countries that perpetually struggle with terror attacks. It is widely believed that Israel was overlooked as a member due to the opposition of Turkey, which has increasingly been at odds with the Jewish state.
Congressional sources and regional experts say that the Obama administration is intentionally downplaying Israel’s struggle with terrorism in order to appease and gain the cooperation of Arab nations that are often hostile to the Jewish state.
A congressional source told the Free Beacon Tuesday that the State Department confirmed to inquiring members of Congress that Israel was in fact excluded from the conference.
Not only that, but Israel - again- was deliberately excluded from a list of nations recognized by the U.S. for counterterrorism efforts.
"When the administration promised to include Israel in the counterterrorism forum that the United States founded—after Jerusalem’s inexplicable exclusion from the initial meeting a month ago—one would think they would be true to their word,” said Josh Block, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “Clearly someone failed here. How Israel could be excluded from another meeting of an anti-terror forum that we chair is beyond comprehension, especially one that focuses on victims of terrorism.”
Oh, it's not so inexplicable, given whom the president of the United States currently is. Israel's expertise in dealing with Islamist terrorism and its long time alliance with the U.S. in combating it mean absolutely nothing weighed against President Obama's obsession with the Jewish State and his embrace of Islamism.
The Obama Administration is downplaying items like this because it's election season, but no less than Hillary Clinton is shown here telling Tunisian Islamists the plain truth about how this president and the people around him view Israel and American Jews:
Again, I urge American Jews to think long and hard about putting this man back in the White House for another four years.
If you're simply unable to pull the lever for a pro-Israel Republican, at least refrain from voting for Barack Hussein Obama.