by WorldTribune Staff, September 13, 2017
A U.S. National Security Council (NSC) member appointed by H.R. McMaster was asked by members of an Israeli delegation to leave a meeting at the White House, a report said.
NSC Senior Director on Counter-Terrorism Mustafa Javed Ali was asked by the Israelis to leave the meeting in late August, PJ Media reported on Sept. 12.
Ali, who was selected by national security adviser McMaster, is described by a senior administration source as being “opposed to Hizbullah’s designation as a terrorist organization.” Ali also opposes the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, the source said.
Hizbullah has been a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization since 1997.
Administration sources confirmed to PJ Media that the Israeli delegation demanded that Ali leave the room.
“This demand was made despite the clear likelihood that Ali would later be privy to the meeting’s materials and discussion,” the report said.
“As such, sources speculated that Israel intended the demand to serve as a message to President Trump that McMaster’s behavior has constituted a subversion of Trump’s stated Middle East policy.”
According to the report, friction between McMaster and the Israeli delegation did not end with Israel’s demand that Ali leave the room as McMaster is said to have explicitly dismissed the Israelis’ specific objections to Hizbullah.
The Israelis expressed concern that the “safe zone” currently being established within Syria – which was supported by Hizbullah’s sponsor, Iran – would immediately become a safe zone for Hizbullah to operate.
McMaster is said to have “blown off” Israel’s concern, and to have been “yelling at the Israelis” during the meeting.
Earlier this year, the NSC’s Ali was rumored to have caused the cancellation of a scheduled talk to the NSC by Ayaan Hirsi Ali on account of her “Islamophobia.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who escaped to the Netherlands from Kenya after fleeing a forced marriage, violence, and being a victim of female genital mutilation, is now an activist exposing Islamic doctrine.