The GCTF: Not Global, and Not Counter-Terrorist
The U.S. proposed the creation of the GCTF to address the evolving terrorist threat in a way that would bring enduring benefits by helping frontline countries and affected regions acquire the means to deal with threats they face. It is based on a recognition that the U.S. alone cannot eliminate every terrorist or terrorist organization. Rather, the international community must come together to assist countries as they work to confront the terrorist threat.
The 30 founding countries include 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. Ironic, no, that this list includes nations supportive of terrorism, such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria and others.
So where is Israel in this so-called 'forum?' Surrounded by hostile countries, some of which have openly and publicly threatened it's existence, it qualifies as a "frontline country." Yet it's not there. Most recently, the Forum convened in Spain on July 9th. Israel wasn't there then, either. Now, Rabbi Marvin Hier, the founder of the Simon Wiesenthal Center has concluded that, plain and simple, Israel had been deliberately excluded from the session. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, he expressed the view 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.”Especially in light of the latest suicide bombing attack on Israeli tourists on holiday in Bulgaria, this is unconscionable.
Therefore, the organization which excludes a country-any country-which suffers from terrorist attacks on its citizens no matter where they are in the world, especially if that country has the experience and expertize to strategize methods of operations to combat terrorist acts, is plainly and simply, a sham.
Israel should take matters into its own hands.