No. Not really. Excluding Israel from a counterterrorism forum is like banning Stephen Hawking from a conference on theoretical physics. In other words, I don’t care if your building isn’t wheelchair-accessible, or you’re creeped-out by a computer-synthesized voice, he’s the greatest living authority on the subject and if you don’t want to make your whole organization look like a complete joke, you should respect his expertise and show some interest in what he has to say!
The fact that the Israelis were banned from this second meeting in Spain suggests that it isn’t just about preserving the fragile U.S.-Turkish relationship. And the fact that countries like Saudi Arabia, with histories of promoting terrorism, directly or indirectly, shows that this whole organization is flawed from the ground up.
Israel may not be the most popular country in the community of nations, but no one can deny that they wrote the book on modern counter-terrorism. Not seeking their expertise on the subject is enough to cast serious doubt on the whole endeavor. That’s right, you read it here first. The “Global Counterterrorism Forum” was created to combat terrorism the same way the “World Conference Against Racism” in Durban was created to combat bigotry. In other words:
Jews need not apply.