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Obama ‘Dumped’ Netanyahu For Dinner

From the UK’s Times:

Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’

For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.

“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”.

Left to talk among themselves Mr Netanyahu and his aides retreated to the Roosevelt Room. He spent a further half-hour with Mr Obama and extended his stay for a day of emergency talks to try to restart peace negotiations. However, he left last night with no official statement from either side. He returned to Israel yesterday isolated after what Israeli media have called a White House ambush for which he is largely to blame.

Sources said that Mr Netanyahu failed to impress Mr Obama with a flow chart purporting to show that he was not responsible for the timing of announcements of new settlement projects in east Jerusalem. Mr Obama was said to be livid when such an announcement derailed the visit to Israel by Joe Biden, the Vice-President, this month and his anger towards Israel does not appear to have cooled.

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, cast doubt on minor details in Israeli accounts of the meeting but did not deny claims that it amounted to a dressing down for the Prime Minister, whose refusal to freeze settlements is seen in Washington as the main barrier to resuming peace talks.

The Likud leader has to try to square the rigorous demands of the Obama Administration with his nationalist, ultra-Orthodox coalition partners, who want him to stand up to Washington even though Israel needs US backing in confronting the threat of a nuclear Iran.

“The Prime Minister leaves America disgraced, isolated and altogether weaker than when he came,” the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz said.

In their meeting Mr Obama set out expectations that Israel was to satisfy if it wanted to end the crisis, Israeli sources said. These included an extension of the freeze on Jewish settlement growth beyond the ten-month deadline next September, an end to building projects in east Jerusalem and a withdrawal of Israeli forces to positions held before the second intifada in September 2000.

Newspaper reports recounted how Mr Netanyahu looked “excessively concerned and upset” when he pulled out a flow chart to show Mr Obama how Jerusalem planning permission worked and how he could not have known that the announcement that hundreds more homes were to be built would be made when Mr Biden arrived in Jerusalem.

Mr Obama then suggested that Mr Netanyahu and his staff stay at the White House to consider his proposals so that if he changed his mind he could inform the President right away. “I’m still around,” the daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot quoted Mr Obama as saying. “Let me know if there is anything new.”

With the atmosphere so soured by the end of the evening, the Israelis decided that they could not trust the telephone line they had been lent for their consultations. Mr Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, his Defence Minister, went to the Israeli Embassy to ensure that the Americans were not listening in…

Once again Mr. Obama shows who he thinks who are the real enemies and who are his real friends.

But what else could be expected from a man whose spiritual mentor gave Louis Farrakhan a ‘lifetime achievement’ award?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Obama ‘Dumped’ Netanyahu For Dinner”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    African-American President Of The United States Refuses To Dine With Jew
    Credits Church Leaders For Courage To Change The Rules

    that’s the real headline

  2. canary says:

    Obama made it clear when he self-admitted played hookie on Senate trip to Iraq, spending a week in Palestine empathizing with the violent terrorists.

    Ynet news: Palestinians: Obama wants Israel to hand over Abu-Dis to PA
    by Ali Waked, Mar 26, 2010

    US demands that Israel hand over area adjacent to Jerusalem to exclusive PA control, Palestinian sources say, adding that Americans want Palestinian state to be established within next two years…

    Other demands made by the US include the release of about 2,000 prisoners by Israel, as well as significant gestures pertaining to daily life in the West Bank, the Palestinians said…

    The Palestinians added that President Obama also demanded that Netanyahu renew peace talks with Syria…

    PA officials estimate that the US has decided to present Netanyahu with the equation mentioned at the beginning of President Obama’s term in office – Bushehr for Yitzhar”, implying that Israel’s cooperation in the West Bank is required
    in order to ensure American support against Iran. However, the Palestinians said that the US is not only setting its sights on isolated settlements such as Yitzhar, but also wishes to see a construction freeze in areas annexed to Israel.

    “For the first time, we’re hearing a clear timetable from the Americans,” a Palestinian official said. “…
    “The Americans started to understand what we’ve been saying for a while now –

    Ynet also learned that US Administration officials have been exerting pressure on Kadima Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, who recently visited Washington
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3868404,00.html

    • canary says:

      The NYTs claims U.S. officials said they purposely snubbed Israel, our greatest friend in the world; a pay back for our ignorant, trashy mouthed, mister Joe Biden. Hey “Biden: “Get the f*** over it” because as you like to say “this IS a big f***ing thing”

      “There is little doubt that Obama administration officials thought it was appropriate to reciprocate the embarrassment felt by Mr. Biden here and to send a tough message about the need for commitment regarding Jerusalem, American officials said.”
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/26/world/middleeast/26mideast.html

  3. jobeth says:

    I posted this comment elsewhere, but it is better placed here.

    “On a serious note on OBalmys insult to Netanyahu…I think Netanyahu is smart enough to understand that the problem is OBalmy and not Americans. I am so ashamed of Obalmy’s behavior.

    “Thank God it IS Netanyahu in place. This is a smart man. A no nonsense man who defends his country in ways we can only admire right now. If it had been anyone else, more temperamental, it might very well spiral into a real break with a good ally. Netanyahu, I think knows to wait it out. I think he will hold OBalmy and not the American people responsible for OBalmy’s stupidity.

    “BTW did anyone else hear Gibbs the other day, while speaking about him say his name in such a way as to make it come out sounding like “He’s a yahoo”.

    “I’ll grant it is a name that could easily sound like that. But Gibbs put his emphasis on the end of the name and said that portion much clearer than the first. It was really clear and not just an innocent pronunciation. Even my husband who is pretty tone deaf about such things like, looked at me with raised eyebrows. This WH is disgusting.”

    http://sweetness-light.com/archive/shocker-us-softens-iran-sanction-plan

  4. Right of the People says:

    I don’t pay attention to anything Bob the Buffoon says. He, along with the majority of the White House staff act like petulant 8th graders. Even Jimmah’s and Slick Willy’s staffs were better and more mature than the collection of punks running around our house.

    • jobeth says:

      I know you are right. But for some reason this really got under my skin.

      I guess it goes into the file with O’Balmy’s scratching his nose with his middle finger.

      They are all a bunch of classless adolescents who wouldn’t make a pimple on a pigs butt.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    This is without any doubt, the absolutely most disgusting gathering of morally and ethically bankrupt pukes and snots that have EVER been seated in the already pathetic town of DC and in public office!!!

    It’s appalling!!!

    To people of the same calibre, o-blah-blah might be “da man”; but to moral, ethical, and rational people .. this o-blah-blah and gang are just completely lacking of any good substance.

    Mark Alexander over at the “Patriot Post” has initiated a mission to start the RESTORATION our Country with his “Patriot Declaration”. Check it out. He’s done a fantastic job with it and needs all our help!!!

    We MUST get rid of these folks that are hell bent on ruining our Country and offending our allies!!!

    • jobeth says:

      “This is without any doubt, the absolutely most disgusting gathering of morally and ethically bankrupt pukes and snots that have EVER been seated in the already pathetic town of DC and in public office!!!”

      “It’s appalling!!!”

      MR…

      You are going to have to learn to open up a bit. It’s not good to stifle your emotions…lol

      Couldn’t agree with you more. He and his minions are a bunch of scumbags who don’t have any business being in Washington.

  6. bousquem says:

    Seems like barry stormed off in a huff over not having his way and having Netanyahu bow and scrap at his feet for forgiveness. He’s acting a like a petulant child who was told he can’t punch the other kid for not giving him what he wants, so therefore he stomps off. Telling someone “I’ll be waiting” or anything along those lines just say that you think their dirt and wrong so maybe if that person comes crawling back then you’ll forgive them. Of course barry is in the wrong here and probably would like nothing better than to see Israel gone or at least give just about all the land to the palastinians to squander and trash. The palis will probably want a portion of Jerusalam and then keep claiming they are owed more and more so eventually all the jewish and christian sites are destoryed forever just so the muslims can build more mosques and train more terrorists.

  7. U NO HOO says:

    We don’t, supposedly, want our enemy Iran to get nuclear weapons. Our friend, for now, Israel, has nuclear weapons. What if Israel becomes our enemy? Shouldn’t we be trying to make sure that doesn’t happen?

    Just saying.


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