Netanyahu says declined to meet Obama due to U.S. election campaign [Reuters]


#1

Netanyahu says declined to meet Obama due to U.S. election campaign

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cancellation of a proposed meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama put more strain on their troubled ties on Tuesday just before a visit to Israel by Vice President Joe Biden.

The White House said on Monday it was “surprised” to learn first from Israeli media that Netanyahu had decided against coming to a conference of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC in Washington on March 20, and the suggestion in some reports that among his reasons was Obama’s unavailability to see him.

Zeev Elkin, an Israeli cabinet minister close to Netanyahu, countered that Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer had given the White House advance warning the trip might not happen.

reuters.com/article/us-usa-israel-idUSKCN0WA0UK?virtualBrandChannel=11563


#2

After all the guff he has gotten from the White House, I wouldn’t come either. The article makes it SOUND like Bibi was “summoned.”


#3

His policy of injecting himself into American domestic politics last year has crashed and burned.

He was acting as a de facto US Republican, and voters are now rejecting his GOP allies in droves.

I don’t think he wants to be put in the position of being asked which GOP candidate he supports.


#4

Was that last year, or do you mean the 2012 Presidential election? Oh Bibi, that was some interference!
BBC News, September 2012: Netanyahu gets tangled up in US election


#5

Last year he tried to interfere in American politics by trying to sabotage US foreign policy on the Iran nuclear deal.


#6

Too bad it didn’t work.


#7

:thumbsup:


#8

Bizarre excuse.


#9

There’s a story this morning:

Iran fires 2 missiles marked with ‘Israel must be wiped out’ ·
latimes.com/world/la-fg-iran-missiles-20160309-story.html


#10

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