Israel was excluded from the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), a group of 29 nations that met this week in Spain, following pressure from Turkey, the New York Post claimed this weekend. In a scathing editorial, the Post lambasted President Barack Obama and his administration for allowing Israel to be excluded from one of the administration's "pet projects."
"If there’s one nation on Earth that knows what it is to be a victim of terrorism — and how best to combat it — it’d be Israel. So you’d think. Unless you’re the Obama administration," according to the editorial.
The editorial went on to emphasize that not only was Israel not invited to participate — due to Turkish opposition — it was completely ignored at the conference.
"Once again, Israel was excluded from one of Team Obama’s pet projects," the editors of the Post charged, pointing out that "in remarks to the [GCTF], Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero didn’t include Israel in a list of terror victims."
The message, according to the New York Post, is clear: "Israel, long the world’s chief target of international terrorism, increasingly is being written out of the global discussion of that very issue."
"That Washington should be complicit in this effort to isolate and marginalize Israel is ominous indeed."
Israel, for its part, it was noted in the editorial, has not made any public complaints regarding the snub.