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Obama Snubs Israel – Again!

Obama snubs Israel by not inviting it to an international organization it naturally belongs to.

According to the MIPT (Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism) Terrorism Knowledge Base, which covers the period from 1968-2006, Israel suffered the fifth highest number of terror fatalities of any country over those years.

Calculated per capita, however (using today’s population figures), Israel moves into third place, having lost 19.2 lives per 100,000 people to terrorism over that period.

As a result of its frequent targeting by Palestinian terrorism, Israel is considered to be one country with vast experience in fighting terror.


On September 22, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has launched the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) – an Obama-Administration initiative “to build the international architecture for dealing with 21st century terrorism… provide a unique platform for senior counterterrorism policymakers and experts from around the world to work together to identify urgent needs, devise solutions and mobilize resources for addressing key counterterrorism challenges.”

The Obama administration chose Turkey to co-chair the GCTF. Turkey’s Islamist-leaning government disputes that Hamas is a terrorist group.

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Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu, co-chairing GCTF launch, September 22, 2011.

The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) has been assembled by the United States as a multilateral counterterrorism body with 30 founding members (29 countries plus the EU) from around the world:

Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

But Obama snubs Israel, again – Israel was not included by the Obama administration as a member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

11 of the 29 GCTF state-members (Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates) are also members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), some of which are hostile towards Israel.  All subscribe to the OIC’s 1999 Convention on Combating Terrorism which states that “armed struggle against foreign occupation, aggression, colonialism, and hegemony, aimed at liberation and self-determination in accordance with the principles of international law shall not be considered a terrorist crime,” referring to, of course, Palestinian and Muslim terrorism targeting Israel.

A documentary film ‘Hear their Voices’, (produced by the Global Survivors Network) was screened at the launch of GCTF on September 22, 2011, featuring terrorism survivors from Jordan, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, India, Uganda, Turkey, Columbia, Spain, Northern Ireland, Indonesia and the United States.

Israeli terrorism survivors were not featured in that film.

In her opening remarks, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said – referring to the screened film – that “they were victims of al-Qaida and its affiliates, of other terrorist groups like the PKK, Lashkar e-Tayyiba, the FARC, just to name a few.”

She did not mention Hamas, Hezbollah, or any other Palestinian terror organization involved in terrorism against Israel.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton then added that “From London to Lahore, from Madrid to Mumbai, from Kabul to Kampala, it’s innocent civilians who have been targeted…”

Her lists of cities victim to terrorist attacks did not include Israeli cities affected by terrorism such as Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv or Sderot.

On June 7, 2012, the second meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) opened in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with foreign ministers and senior representatives from the 30 founding countries in attendance.

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The 2nd meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) in the Turkish city of Istanbul, June 7, 2012.
Addressing the GCTF event in Istanbul, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned the challenge of terrorism in Turkey, Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the Maghreb and Europe, referred obliquely to Pakistan and Afghanistan, and commented on terrorist kidnappings in Latin America and the Sahel.

Israel was not mentioned as a country subjected to terrorism, and was still kept out of the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

After the June 7th gathering in Instanbul, with Israel still conspicuously absent from the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman and Mark Kirk petitioned Clinton over Israel’s “wrongful omission”, expressing their disappointment with Israel’s exclusion from the inaugural meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

In the letter, Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) told Clinton that “there are few countries in the world that have suffered more from terrorism than Israel, and few governments that have more experience combating this threat than that of Israel.”  “One of the stated missions of the GCTF is to ‘provide a needed venue for national [counterterrorism] officials and practitioners to meet with their counterparts from key countries in different regions to share [counterterrorism] experiences, expertise, strategies, capacity needs and capability-building programs.’ We strongly believe that Israel would both benefit from, and contribute enormously to, this kind of exchange,” Lieberman and Kirk wrote.

But Obama snubs Israel, again – Despite their pleas, the Obama administration is still excluding Israel from the counterterrorism forum and neglects to mention its long and deadly struggle with terrorism.

The 3rd GCTF gathering in Madrid, Spain, on July 9, 2012, was described as a “high-level conference on the victims of terrorism”.  Maria Otera, US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights gave a speech titled “Victims of Terrorism”, noting terrorist attacks in Pakistan, Jordan, Northern Ireland, Uganda, Turkey, Indonesia, India, Spain, Columbia and the United States.

Again, Israel was not mentioned.

“Last September at the official launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum” Maria Otera added, “I had the privilege to introduce the premiere of a film ‘Hear their Voices’, which tells the stories of eleven survivors of terrorist attacks from Pakistan, Jordan, Northern Ireland, Uganda, Turkey, Indonesia, India, Spain, Columbia, and the United States,” Otero said before the gathering of nations.

Again, Israeli terrorism survivors were not included in her roll-call of terrorist victims.

The State Department denied awareness of particular opposition of Israel’s involvement in the Forum by its members, and stonewalled reporters who inquired about the issue during its daily briefing.

“This is a conference about victims of terrorism. And I’m curious to know why [Otero] doesn’t mention Israel or Israelis in her comments talking about victims of terrorism,” asked AP reporter Matthew Lee on July 9, 2012. “Does the administration believe that Israel and Israelis specifically have been victims of terrorism?

“I don’t have the details of the Under Secretary’s speech”, responded Mr. Ventrell, a State Department spokesperson, who later promised to seek further details on the matter.

A day later he was unable to provide any details.

On July 12, 2012, Lee pitched the question again:

QUESTION: So I’m led to believe that you have an answer to my question about Israel and the Global Counterterrorism Cooperation Forum or whatever it’s called?

MR. VENTRELL: I do, Matt.


MR. VENTRELL: We believe that Israel would make a valuable contribution to the Global Counterterrorism Forum. We have raised the issue of Israeli participation in relevant GCTF activities with a number of GCTF partners at very senior levels. We will continue to do so as we move forward. Our discussion with Israel concerning the GCTF – our discussions have focused on Israeli participation and relevant activities to allow Israel to share its counterterrorism expertise with CT practitioners from GCTF-member and other countries.

Still, to date, Israel has not been invited by the United States to join the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

Israeli-Palestinian Stalemate – Straight from Obama’s Playbook (Part II)

If you want to know what the Palestinians are going to do tomorrow, just listen to what US President Barack Obama says today.

In September 2010, at the UN General Assembly, Obama addressed the Israeli-Palestinian issue. “We have traveled a winding road over the last 12 months, with few peaks and many valleys,” he said.

“The conflict between Israelis and Arabs is as old as this institution. And we can come back here next year, as we have for the last 60 years, and make long speeches about it. We can read familiar lists of grievances. We can table the same resolutions. We can further empower the forces of rejectionism and hate. And we can waste more time by carrying forward an argument that will not help a single Israeli or Palestinian child achieve a better life.”

“Or,” he went on, “we can say that this time will be different – that this time we will not let terror, or turbulence, or posturing, or petty politics stand in the way. This time, we will think not of ourselves, but of the young girl in Gaza who wants to have no ceiling on her dreams, or the young boy in Sderot who wants to sleep without the nightmare of rocket fire.”

“This time,” Obama went on saying, “we should draw upon the teachings of tolerance that lie at the heart of three great religions that see Jerusalem’s soil as sacred. This time we should reach for what’s best within ourselves. If we do, when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the united nations – an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel.”

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That was it – all of a sudden September 2011 became a magic deadline for declaring a Palestinian state.

It wasn’t until Obama spoke of Palestine as a new member of the UN by September 2011 that this date suddenly became a benchmark.

Since that speech, the EU has consistently set September 2011 as a deadline of sorts, including referring to a “framework agreement by September 2011” in a statement released as recently as May 23 2011 by the heads of the EU countries.

The Europeans put this deadline in their statements, and the Palestinians have expressed their determination to fulfill Obama’s prophecy in September 2011 by asking for UN recognition of a Palestinian state.

A declaration of Palestinian statehood outside the context of a negotiated settlement is a violation of existing bilateral Palestinian-Israeli peace agreements, in particular – the Interim Agreement from 1995 (Article XXXI Final Clauses 7.), which expressly prohibits unilateral action by either side to change the status of the West Bank.

In an interview to FoxNews on September 19, 2011, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had this to say to President Obama: “You promised me a state by September 2011. I hope you will deliver.”‬

Who’s Upset over the Death of Usama-bin-Laden?

1) "Moderate" Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement through its Al-Aksa Martyr's Brigade military wing

"The [military wing of Fatah] Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades announced the death of Sheikh [an honoree reference] Osama bin Laden (Abu Abdallah)", and said that "The Islamic nation awoke to a catastrophe the reports of the Shahid – (Martyr-) death of the Sheikh, Jihad-fighter Osama bin Laden, in a treacherous manner, by the gangs of the heretics and those who stray."


2) Hamas

"We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior," said Ismail Haniyeh, the group's leader in the Gaza Strip. "We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood."



3) Muslim Brotherhood – The group that stands to capture a slice of power in post-Mubarak Egypt

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks the establishment of a state run according to Islamic principles, has condemned the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces as an "assassination."

The Muslim Brotherhood will be competing for half of Egypt's parliamentary seats in September's elections.


4) Protestors in London



Protesters clash with police outside the American Embassy in London.



5) Palestinian protestors in Gaza




6) Pakistani protesters

One of the biggest was in Abbottabad, the place where Osama bin Laden lived for five years without anyone suspecting a thing. The main islamic opposition party in Pakistan also called its supporters out onto the street to call for the ending of government support of US military forces.



7) Indonesian protesters

In Indonesia the city of Solo in central Java saw scores of youths profess allegiance to al-Qaeda and pledge attacks on Americans.

Indonesian Muslim youths who call themselves Al Kaida (Alliance of Anti-Israel and America Command) shout 'God is great' during a declaration in Java today to avenge the death of bin Laden.



8) Egyptian protesters


9) Turkish protestors



10) Pakistan's Parliament

Pakistan's parliament condemned on Saturday the U.S raid that killed Osama bin Laden, warning Pakistan might cut supply lines to U.S. forces in Afghanistan if there were further military incursions.



Interestingly enough – they're all Muslims.