RUDE BEHAVIOR UNPRECEDENTED
“IT WAS AWFUL!”
OBAMA THE NEW IDI AMIN?
Talk about snubbed!
In a gesture of contempt, President Barack Obama walked out of his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to have dinner in private.
Mr. Obama also refused to pose for photographs with the Prime Minister.
The rude reception Mr. Netanyahu encountered in the White House, according to The Washinton Post, was “unheard of.” a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare.
“It was awful,” a US congressman told the Post.
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”.
Abandoned by Mr. Obama, Mr. Netanyahu and his aides gathered their papers and flow charts for a hasty return flight to Israel.
Mr. Obama’s statement of contempt was prompted by Mr. Netanyahu’s approval of new Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem – – an area that the White House wishes to bequeth to the Muslim Palestinians. “
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, neglected to deny claims that the meeting amounted to a dressing down of Israel’s Prime Minister for his refusal to freeze new Jewish settlements – – a refusal which Mr. Obama believes is a stumbling block to Middle East peace negotiations.
Mr. Netanyahu 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.