When you think of nations that are in the crosshairs of the global jihad, the United States and Israel undoubtedly top the list.
America--known to jihadists as the "Great Satan"-- and Israel (the "Little Satan") combined have lost thousands of lives to Islamic terror over the years. Israel, in particular, is uniquely threatened, living under daily fire by its neighbors and in a constant precarious position due to the likes of Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Al-Aqsa Martyr's Brigade (and before that, Arafat's PLO).
Not surprisingly, both the U.S. and Israel are also at the forefront of devising strategies to defeat the jihadist menace and have worked extremely closely together since 9/11 on that front.
But over the past few years, things have begun to change. And not for the better. To the point where Israel is now actually excluded from U.S.-organized counterterrorism forums.
You read that right. Here are the ugly details of the Obama administration's latest insult against Israel, from the Washington Free Beacon's intrepid Adam Kredo:
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.
A congressional source told the Free Beacon Tuesday that the State Department confirmed to inquiring members of Congress that Israel was in fact excluded from the conference.
“The State Department told us that only the 29 original member countries were involved—and that means no Israel,” said the source.
During yesterday’s gathering, Israel was also excluded again from a list of nations recognized by the U.S. for their efforts to deal with terrorism.
This seems incomprehensible--unless you're in Obama-land, where charming Islamist regimes devoted to Israel's destruction is a central policy aim.
Experts say the omission of Israel was intentional.
“When the administration promised to include Israel in the counterterrorism forum that the United States founded—after Jerusalem’s inexplicable exclusion from the initial meeting a month ago—one would think they would be true to their word,” said Josh Block, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “Clearly someone failed here. How Israel could be excluded from another meeting of an anti-terror forum that we chair is beyond comprehension, especially one that focuses on victims of terrorism.”
“At a time when Romney is challenging the administration’s record on U.S.-Israel relations, this error stands out,” he added.
Supporters of Israel--Jewish and non-Jewish--will have a lot of explaining to do if they cast their votes for Obama in November, as it has become ridiculously clear that this is the most anti-Israel administration in American history. Yes, even worse than Jimmy Carter. Maybe I should have stayed on vacation.