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Saturday, December 22, 2012 

US-led global forum on counterterrorism excludes Israel

The Investigative Project on Terrorism found that the American-led Global Counterterrorism Forum has a very odd structure:
A multilateral counter-terror initiative generated by the United States excludes Israel while featuring many states with terrorist ties. The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) has 30 founding members including Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Nigeria, Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Israel's exclusion is noteworthy, considering it is at the forefront of counterterrorism operations, constituting an unprecedented hub of expertise on the matter.

But including Israel would offend many of the GCTF's founding members, many of which are sworn enemies of the Jewish state and actively finance and support terrorist operations against it.

The GCTF can therefore be viewed as a U.S. attempt at forging closer ties with countries that have a history of sympathizing and actively supporting Islamist terrorism in the past. Israel was barred from participating in a June GCTF meeting, reportedly due to vehement protests by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
So there's yet more political correctness in motion, along with the inability to call a spade a spade. This forum is only bound to be a complete farce.

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