Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder and dean of the human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center, charged the US-sponsored Global Counterterrorism Forum of deliberately excluding Israel from a second meeting of the group that took place in Spain last week.
In a strongly worded letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Hier wrote that “when there was criticism following your announcement of the creation of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, which excluded Israel, I accepted the administration’s assurances that a way would be found to involve Israel. But after reading the Victims of Terrorism comments from the undersecretary of civilian security democracy and human rights, I’m prepared to believe that Israel is being left out intentionally.”
A telling example was the presence of Saudi Arabia at the meeting. The kingdom’s government embraces and spreads the radical Wahhabist ideology to which many terrorists adhere.
In June, the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s first formal meeting in Istanbul excluded Israel and invited countries with a history of sponsoring radical Islamic ideology.
The lack of Israel’s presence at the Istanbul event raised eyebrows, largely because Israel has a long track record of combating terrorism.
Critics chalked up the absence of Israel to the opposition of Turkey and its influence on the Obama administration.
Rabbi Marvin Hier wrote, “I am well aware that Turkey, one of the L of the forum is in opposition to an Israeli presence, but with all due respect to Turkey or any other country, the forum was created by the United States and Israel is amongst the United States’ most reliable and trusted allies.”
THOSE THAT EXCLUDE ISRAEL ARE EVIL OR INSANE.
OBAMA AND HILLARY ARE ALLOWING IT.
VOTE ACCORDINGLY. VOTE ROMNEY.