Skip to comments.Obama-Netanyahu Meeting Shrouded In Secrecy
Posted on 11/11/2009 7:44:47 AM PST by tefis
First, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to jump through hoops just to get a meeting with US President Barack Obama. When they did meet on Monday, the contents of their talks were either so negative or so classified that a near-total media blackout was placed on the gathering.
Netanyahu left Israel for Washington on Sunday to attend and address the 2009 General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America. Weeks earlier, he had requested to meet with Obama during the visit, a typical occurrence any time an Israeli leader travels to the US. But this time, the Obama White House made Netanyahu sweat it out till the last minute before, as media reports put it, "grudgingly" scheduling a meeting.
The White House's apparent reluctance to invite Netanyahu was an indication to most Israelis that relations remain tense between the Obama Administration and Jerusalem.
Then things got really curious when the White House totally broke protocol by barring the media from the meeting. Following the two-hour get-together, Netanyahu left the White House immediately without speaking to reporters, and promptly cancelled a press conference that had been scheduled for Tuesday. Instead, he hopped on a plane for Europe.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who attended part of the Obama-Netanyahu meeting, also cancelled several radio interviews scheduled for Tuesday.
Speculation was rife in Israel that the unusual secrecy surrounding the meeting could either mean that Obama tried to strong-arm the Israelis to surrender to Palestinian demands and was firmly repulsed, or that the meeting focused on an impending Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
In remarks to Israel's Ynet news portal, attorney Dov Weisglass, who served as bureau chief to former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, added a third option - that Netanyahu had agreed to far-reaching concessions to the Palestinians and wanted to keep the details under wraps for now to avoid a political storm at home.
That's what I think happened, particularly in light of today's announcements about the West Bank. He already had a press conference scheduled, so if it had been something he had been prepared to discuss about Iran, he would have gone on with the press conference regardless of Bambi's reaction.
I think he was blindsided by Bambi's plans to turn Israel over to the Muslims.
Jumped through hoops??? Netanyahu came over here to give a speech to a contention of American jews...he didn’t come here to meet ObaMao!!!!
Obama is the one who felt attention-deprived and at the last minute demanded a meeting with Netanyahu!
Who writes this stuff?
Bibi, the man, probably told the Socialist (chicken pellet RAT boy) to go to hell.
I don’t think it’s option #3, an opportunity for
self-aggrandizement would be too much for Obama
to pass up. Making Israel concede on anything
would make his statis rise amongst the Islamists.
I suspect that little commie tried his bully tactics and Netanyahu gave him the birdie!
The very idea that ObaMao can bully Netanyahu is ludicrous, especially in light of Netanyahu just making a pact with India on the war on terror. India doesn’t mind calling them terrorists, nor in backing the terrorists against the wall.
Telling this administration about your plans to bomb Iran is sheer lunacy. They’ll have the Iranians notified in a heart beat on the where, when, how and why...
Bibi, tell O to kiss your ass.
Bamalamadingdong probably got his wittle feelings hurt.
This after Ahmadinejhad laughed at him this week.
I think the article contradicts your statement, where it states:
"Weeks earlier, he had requested to meet with Obama during the visit, a typical occurrence any time an Israeli leader travels to the US. But this time, the Obama White House made Netanyahu sweat it out till the last minute before, as media reports put it, "grudgingly" scheduling a meeting."
Iran doesn’t do what we want. Israel doesn’t do what we want. What’s new?
Must not be good news for Obama.
I HOPE so.
No, I didn’t read it wrong...it states:
“First, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had to jump through hoops just to get a meeting with US President Barack Obama. When they did meet on Monday, the contents of their talks were either so negative or so classified that a near-total media blackout was placed on the gathering.”
The meeting Monday was a last minute demand...he was coming to the US for a speech to one of the Jewish organizations...he was not coming here for a meeting with ObaMao...