After President Obama allegedly snubbed Benjamin Netanyahu by turning down the Israeli Prime Minister’s request for a meeting while in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now scheduled to meet with him instead.
President Obama received heavy criticism from Republicans and many other pro-Israel voices in Washington for turning down Netanyahu’s request. But the snub came after Netanyahu was accused of trying to bully the President into launching a war of choice on Iran for a nuclear weapons program it doesn’t even have.
Netanyahu was also accused of trying to interfere with the US presidential elections by highlighting the differences in US and Israeli strategy.
The Obama administration has been clear in recent weeks that the US will not back an Israeli strike on Iran, preferring instead to negotiate and impose harsh economic sanctions. Most Israeli officials, up to and including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, seem to have given in to this position, but Netanyahu seems to have gone rogue in a lonely rhetorical battle to condemn the US position.
The meeting with Clinton is expected to focus on the issue of Iran. But the supposed controversy surrounding Obama’s alleged snub is mostly political theater, as the President has faithfully placated Israel throughout his tenure.
As White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, Mr. Obama “has met with and spent time on the phone with Prime Minister Netanyahu more than with any leader since he took office, and that is reflective of the importance of and the closeness of the relationship between the United States and Israel.”
3 thoughts on “After Obama’s ‘Snub,’ Bibi to Meet With Clinton”
Anything to keep the focus off Palestine.
There are lighted billboards up around my hometown with questions aimed at attacking Obama.
NO LOVE FOR ISRAEL
YOU OK WITH THAT
Actually I am very OK with that.
Bibi Netanyahu is the most dangerous individual on Earth. He's so obsessed with attacking Iran; he'll send his air forces to bomb that nation's nuclear power plants unilaterally, should he fail to bully the West into joining in.
He was already told by General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs (with Obama's OK) that the Pentagon didn't want to be complicit in Israel's aggressive war on Iran; so, in spite of his meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Mrs. Clinton has no authority to give Bibi the green light, no matter what she may tell him. The ultimate authority goes to Congress and the President.
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