Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:46PM
Attendees of the White House summit on countering violent extremism listen on Wednesday listen to a speaker.
Attendees of the White House summit on countering violent extremism listen on Wednesday listen to a speaker.

A Republican member of the US Congress says the White House’s summit on countering violent extremism “is a slap in the face to Israel.”

Rep. Ryan Zinke, former Navy SEAL Team Six commander, made the remarks on Wednesday in an interview with FOX News, a Washington-based newspaper, The Hill, reported.  

The White House is holding a three-day conference intended to counter violent extremism in which religious, political and law enforcement leaders from across the United States as well as ministers from around the world are participating. They summit kicked off on Tuesday by US Vice President Joe Biden.

Zinke criticized President Barack Obama for not inviting Israeli officials to the conference.

“Israel has been our partner in the war on terrorism,” Zinke said. “And certainly, this is why our allies don't trust us, and our enemies no longer fear us.”

The pro-Israeli lawmaker also slammed the Obama administration for inviting Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, to the conference.

Al-Marayati said after the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed almost 3,000 people and caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage, that Israel should be on the "suspect list".  

US officials assert that the attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda terrorists but many analysts say it was a false-flag operation and that Osama bin Laden was just a bogeyman for the US military-industrial complex.

They believe rogue elements within the US government orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in order to boost the US economy and advance the Zionist agenda.

In an interview with Press TV on Tuesday, American scholar Dr. Kevin Barrett said, the September 11, 2001 attacks were a Zionist “coup d'etat” to seize power in the country and launch a permanent war on Islam on behalf of Israel.”

“This was really set-up by the Zionists who actually were the main force behind 9/11 and the Zionists wanted to make sure that 9/11 could be used to threaten Saudi Arabia and prevent it from leaving the US imperial orbit and also to threaten Pakistan and force Pakistan to acquiesce in the coming invasion of Afghanistan,” Barrett said.

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