Friday, July 13, 2012

Obama Shuts Israel Out of "Counterterrorism" Organization

Mike L.

Jewish World Review July 13, 2012/ 23 Tamuz, 5772

The Washington Free Beacon reported this week on the continuing omission of Israel from a U.S.-sponsored organization called the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). At a recent forum meeting in Spain, Maria Otero, U.S. undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights, delivered a speech titled "Victims of Terrorism," but, in her roll call of victims, she didn't mention Israel. The conference at which she spoke was described as a "high-level conference on the victims of terrorism," but Israel wasn't a participant.

Progressive-left American Jews are still telling themselves that Barack Obama is friendly toward Israel and, thus, friendly toward the Jewish people. Given the fact that Obama helped usher the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's foremost anti-Semitic organization, into power in Egypt it is getting more and more difficult to maintain this fiction of Obama's friendliness toward the Jews and the Jewish state.

Now we have the fact that the country most subject to terrorist attacks throughout the world is being excluded from an allegedly "anti-terrorist" organization created by the president of the United States.

At the group's most recent meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the following, "From London to Lahore, from Madrid to Mumbai, from Kabul to Kampala, it's innocent civilians who have been targeted ..."

Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ashkelon? Poof, gone. And that's the point: This new counterterrorism organization, with its related counterterrorism center coming soon to Abu Dhabi, is Judenfrei. Not coincidentally, it is also heavily Islamic. Eleven member-states -- slightly more than one-third of the organization's membership -- also belong to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), a bloc of 56 Islamic countries working to impose Islamic law (Shariah) on the world. Six of those 11 members additionally belong to the Arab League. Both groups have defined "terrorism" to exclude Israeli victims (sometimes U.S. soldiers), and "terrorists" to exclude groups dedicated to the destruction of Israel, such as Hamas and Hezbollah. It is no wonder the Arab-Islamic members would now unite in "counterterrorism" without Israel.

Yes, what a great friend to Israel this administration is.

Such dhimmitude only intensifies, as the latest developments show. Under the Bushes, after all, while Israel was not permitted to fight alongside coalition forces, at least it was still recognized for withstanding more than 60 years of Islamic terrorist attacks. Today, under the auspices of the Obama administration, Israel no longer rates mention even as a victim. "Big Satan" has thrown "Little Satan" to the sharks.

I disagree.

The United States has certainly NOT thrown Israel to the sharks.

Only Barack Obama has and that is something that we can take care of come November.

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