Skip to comments.Washington caught off guard by Netanyahu visit
Posted on 10/25/2009 4:31:37 PM PDT by Tigen
Israel says PM did not consult Obama ahead of trip because meeting on peace process unnecessary.
WASHINGTON Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's intention to visit Washington for the annual UJC General Assembly has surprised many on Capitol Hill and was apparently not coordinated with the Obama administration.
An American source told Ynet Sunday that news of the visit had been received with reserved astonishment.
The Obama administration has not yet responded to questions of whether a meeting with Netanyahu was forthcoming due to their surprise over the unscheduled visit. On the other hand, failure to invite Netanyahu to the White House may be perceived as a diplomatic crisis.
Sources in Jerusalem say Netanyahu did indeed decide to attend the GA without first consulting President Barack Obama, but that since the latter would also be present at the event the two may meet in any case.
The sources say a summit between the two leaders would be superfluous at this point in the peace process, and for this reason an official meeting has not been scheduled.
An official statement regarding Netanyahu's visit is scheduled to be published soon in the US, and an unofficial oral announcement has already been given by the Jewish Federations' leaders. The prime minister's visit is scheduled to take place on November 8-10.
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Surprise, surprise! Uncle Bibi has come to visit the District of Criminals to teach the King Zero a lesson.
What a refreshing thought. An actual “grown up” in Washington DC.
Well, now you know why I'm not Bebi!
“...news of the visit had been received with reserved astonishment.”
“Reserved astonishment”? Is that like mild panic?
Poor Bambi, he’s probably going to have to cancel a vacation or look like an ass. Haha!
Reserved disgust more likely. Why would he have to ask permission to visit the U.S.?
Like Seinfeld, I hate the “pop in”.
If it’s serious business or personal business; why would one consult the Obama administration?
A courtesy note saying, “Hey, I’m dropping by” is nice, but if one is not dropping by to visit Obama then it’s totally unnecessary.
Hoping personally that Netanyahu attends the meeting on his schedule, and departs without seeing Obama.
If Bush was still Pres. I am almost positive this wouldn’t have happened.
This looks like an intentional slight by Israel to show how irrelevant Obama is.
ON THE INTERNET:
“Join President Obama at the the 2009GA”
Teach a lesson to the CLUELESS ONE no doubt!
Reserved astonishment? Is that like mild panic?
More like “holy crap”.
So many more countries now like us...! THIS IS WORKING OUT GREAT..!! hahahahahah
At least someone is giving Obamy the finger.