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From the Washington Free Beacon, July 10, 2012:
Counterterrorism Forum Excludes Israel Despite State’s Record of Suffering Terrorist Attacks
"Despite pleas from Senators on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration excluded Israel from a new counterterrorism forum and neglected to mention its long and deadly struggle with terrorism during remarks presented yesterday in Spain.
Maria Otero, the State Department’s Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, delivered a speech entitled “Victims of Terrorism” before 29 members of the Global Counterterrorism Forum, an coalition of countries—not including Israel—that collectively combat terror.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sparked a controversy in June when she announced the coalition’s formation and neglected to include Israel on a list of countries that perpetually struggle with terror attacks. It is widely believed that Israel was overlooked as a member due to the opposition of Turkey, which has increasingly been at odds with the Jewish state.
Congressional sources and regional experts say that the Obama administration is intentionally downplaying Israel’s struggle with terrorism in order to appease and gain the cooperation of Arab nations that are often hostile to the Jewish state."

Top Security Experts Concerned Over Obama Freezing Israel out of Counter-Terror Conferences
By Michael Widlanski
The Algemeiner
15 July, 2012

Top security experts in Israel are worried about the Obama Administration’s 
attitude to radical Muslim governments in the region and by Obama’s 
willingness to freeze Israel out of two recent high-level counter-terror 

Israel broke the back of Arab suicide terror attacks in 2002, reducing them 
to near zero, but the US did not invite Israel to a counter-terror 
conference in Turkey last month, nor to a similar parley in Madrid last 
week, apparently to placate the Islamist government of Turkey, which has 
itself supported the Hamas terror group in Gaza.

The US was so concerned about offending Turkey, it seems, that 
Under-Secretary of State Maria Otero, one of the top State Department 
officials, specifically did not mention Israel among the countries that have 
been victims to terror attacks.

“Israel has been one of the key counterterrorism allies of the United States 
for 30 years,” observed Dr. Dore Gold, Israel’s former ambassador to the 
United Nations in an interview with The Algemeiner.

“Its absence from an American-sponsored counter-terror conference raises 
questions that need to be answered,” said Dr. Gold, an expert on the Persian 
Gulf region who was born and educated in the US.

Both counter-terror conferences were attended by more than two-dozen allies 
of the US, including such counter-terror powers as the United Arab Emirates, 
whose leader was personally greeted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 
who is now visiting the region.

Israeli officials say the Obama Administration has a naïve or even 
uninformed view of recent upheavals in Arab-Islamic states, particularly 
events in Egypt and Turkey, believing that the Erdogan government in Turkey 
and the new regime of Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Morsi are both 
forces for moderation.

Visiting Turkey was one of the first major foreign trips of President Obama, 
and he delivered a dramatic public speech in Egypt that seemed to undermine 
the regime of Husni Mubarak, the old president, while inviting participation 
from the extreme Islamist khwan al-Muslimoun: The Muslim Brotherhood.

President Obama has said that he considers Turkish leader Recep Erdogan a 
model of moderation, even asking him to moderate between the US and Iran on 
the issue of Iran’s presumed atomic bomb project, while top Obama aides have 
said they think Egypt’s Brotherhood is also moderate.

“Morsi says ‘I want an Islamic caliphate (empire) whose capital is 
Jerusalem,’ and what do they say: ‘Don’t believe him. He doesn’t really mean 
it.’ Well, he does mean it,” observed Maj. Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilad, in a 
briefing to students in Herzliya.

Egyptian President-Elect Morsi and his aides made many inflammatory 
statements about Israel and Jews in recent appearances, according to MEMRI, 
the multi-language analysis organization which has released texts and films 
of the events.

“Jihad is our path, and death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty 
aspiration,” yelled Morsi in a widely televised campaign appearance only two 
months ago. Morsi repeated the words several time to the tumultuous 
reception of a crowd of backers.

“This is not secret information. They say it openly,” declared Gilad, an 
Arabic-speaker who has traveled widely to secret talks with Arab leaders and 
who directed the gathering arm of Israeli military intelligence.

The silver-haired general said US officials were in a kind of state of 
psychological denial when it came to their whole view of the so-called “Arab 
Spring”—the major upheavals in Arab countries.

“We talk to the Americans about the ‘Arab Spring’ as if Jefferson was 
chosen as the head man of some village, but there is a tradition here of 
reactionary regimes,” said Gilad, who is director of the political wing of 
the Ministry of Defense.

Gilad said the US had a naïve view of the upheavals, noting that “democracy” 
often released “satanic forces” under which “women don’t count for 
anything” and where “marriages are forced on youngsters who are 14 or 15 
years old—the kind of practice that in the end leads to an Islamic empire.”

Many Israeli analysts worry that the new Egyptian power structure threatens 
Israel directly on its southern border. Terror attacks—from Gaza and 
Sinai—jumped ten-fold last month, from ten to 99. Some of the attacks were 
infiltrations on the border fence, while others involved multiple-rocket 
barrages, including 197 rockets.

Two Israelis were killed and four injured in last month’s attacks, according 
to Israeli figures, and there appears to be a trend of using more 
sophisticated and heavier weapons in the assaults, such as a multiple rocket 
assault this week on the commercial hub of Yad Mordechai, a major kibbutz 
* * * * * * * 
Dr. Michael Widlanski, an expert on Arab politics and communications, is the 
author of
Battle for Our Minds: Western Elites and the Terror Threat, just 
published by Threshold/Simon and Schuster. He is a former reporter, 
correspondent and editor respectively at
The New York Times, Cox Newspapers, 
and The Jerusalem Post, and he served as Strategic Affairs Advisor in Israel’s 
Ministry of Public Security and as an advisor to Israeli negotiating teams 
in 1991-92 at the Madrid Summit and thereafter. 

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