June 10, 2012

US Ousts Israel From Counterterrorism Forum

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Via Arutz Sheva

The United States blocked Israel's participation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum's (GCTF) first meeting in Istanbul on Friday, despite Israel's having one of the most extensive counterterrorism experiences in the world.

Israel was excluded from the meeting due to fierce objections by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Washington-based source told Globes news.

According the State Department’s website, the GCTF, which was established in September 2011, aims at “strengthening the global counterterrorism (CT) architecture in a manner that complements and reinforces the CT work of existing multilateral bodies.”

Twenty-nine countries are participating in the GCTF, ten of which are Arab and/or Muslim countries.

Never mind Erdogan refuses to call Hamas a terrorist organization. We certainly wouldn't want to hurt Turkey's feelings by including Israel. It isn't like Erdogan supports terrorism or anything, oh wait.

Nothing to see here, move along.

By Stable Hand at 11:59 AM | Comments |