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U.S. Excludes Israel from Anti-Terror Forum Because of Turkey -Ran Dagoni
The U.S. blocked Israel's participation in the Global Counterterrorism Forum's (GCTF) first meeting in Istanbul, even though Israel has extensive experience in counterterrorism.
A source in Washington said Israel was excluded from the meeting because of fierce objections by Turkish President Erdogan. Israel tried hard to obtain an invitation to the meeting, and its exclusion has greatly disappointed officials in Jerusalem.