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June 10, 2012 10:08 am

US Blocks Israel Participation in Counterterrorism Forum at Turkey’s Behest

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Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: wiki commons.

Globes – The US blocked Israel’s participation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum’s (GCTF) first meeting in Istanbul on Friday, even though Israel has one of the most extensive experiences in counterterrorism in the world. A pro-Israeli source in Washington told “Globes” that Israel was excluded from the meeting because of fierce objections by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Israel tried hard to obtain an invitation to the meeting, and its exclusion, despite the tight US-Israeli intelligence ties, has greatly disappointed officials in Jerusalem.

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