And again: Clinton excludes Israel from counter-terrorism conference
Six months after promising it wouldn't
happen again, Hillary Clinton is excluding Israel from a counterterrorism conference
Last July, Rick Richman and Jonathan Tobin
noted that long after Secretary Clinton had promised to do what was
necessary to win Israel’s inclusion, forum meetings were going ahead
without the Jewish state’s presence. Well, it’s happened again.
According to CNS’s Patrick Goodenough, the State Department has acquiesced to the forum again excluding Israel. Goodenough reports,
“Six months after the Obama administration said it was ‘committed’ to
involving Israel in its flagship international counter-terrorism
initiative, there has evidently been little progress….”
The issue is not simply Israel’s exclusion, or the State Department’s
belief that more intolerant states like Lebanon and Turkey might stay
away if Israelis were at the same forum. Rather, the problem is that
these radicals believe that U.S. acquiescence to their refusal to allow
Israel’s inclusion is an implicit U.S. endorsement of their drive to
delegitimize Israel completely. Clinton’s refusal to pull the carpet out
from under the meeting by putting U.S. participation on the line not
only undercuts global counter-terrorism by signaling that terrorism
against Israel needn’t be on the table, but also convinces the Erdoğans
of the world that momentum is on their side.
But they've got our backs all the way.... Right....
Labels: counterterrorism, Hillary Clinton