Sebastian Gorka, Dogged by anti-Semitism Allegations, to Keynote Counterterror Conference in Israel

Gorka, who will speak alongside Israeli cabinet ministers, was reportedly fired from Trump's White House last month. He has identified Muslim extremist as the main source of the West's terrorist threat

The Forward
Nathan Guttman
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Former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, talks with people in Washington during a ceremony commemorating Israeli Independence Day, May 2, 2017.
Former deputy assistant to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka, talks with people in Washington during a ceremony commemorating Israeli Independence Day, May 2, 2017.Credit: Susan Walsh/AP
The Forward
Nathan Guttman

Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s ousted counter-terrorism adviser, is off to Israel to deliver a keynote speech at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, a private college outside Tel Aviv.

An invitation to the conference, scheduled for September 11 to 14, lists Gorka as a keynote speaker on the conference’s first day, just before a planned memorial ceremony for the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S. and Israeli victims of terrorism.

Other keynote speakers at the conference include Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and counter-terrorism experts from Israel and from across the world.

Gorka had called for identifying Muslim extremism as the main source of terrorism threat to the West.

Gorka was reportedly fired from the White House last month as part of an overhaul conducted by new chief of staff John Kelly. He has maintained a high profile in the media, defending Trump and vowing to fight for ensuring the president lives up to the conservative and nationalistic values he ran on.

The Forward revealed in a series of investigations that Gorka has extensive ties to a far right wing group in his native Hungary that was allied to the Nazis during World War II.

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