Yesterday, Limbaugh suggested Israel change their countries name to Iran to smooth over the relationship with the Obama administration. Illustrating absurdity using the absurd for sure, but he’s got a point.
It was bad enough President Obama refused to include a photo op or even allow a small pool of reporters to meet with Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in the Oval Office, but reports of what occurred during the meeting seems totally off the wall.
If reports concerning the details of the meeting are correct, this administration clearly has zero interest in even creating the illusion they stand with one of our favored allies.
Hat tip to Gateway Pundit, who links to Nile Gardner at the UK Telegraph … who links to Adrian Blomfield. If this recount of the meeting is accurate, Obama and his staff have dealt a serious blow to relations with Israel.
According to Blomfield, Netanyahu’s trip to the United States had gone well so far, with a general positive tone – until they got to the meeting with the president.
Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family, it emerged on Thursday. …
[Obama] immediately presented Mr Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands designed both to the end the feud with his administration and to build Palestinian confidence ahead of the resumption of peace talks. Key among those demands was a previously-made call to halt all new settlement construction in east Jerusalem.
When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: “I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls.”
As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. “I’m still around,” Mr Obama is quoted by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. “Let me know if there is anything new.”
For over an hour, Mr Netanyahu and his aides closeted themselves in the Roosevelt Room on the first floor of the White House to map out a response to the president’s demands.
He’ll speak with dictators like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and wants to talk with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and treats one of our most important allies in the Middle East this way?
Maybe it’s just all below his pay grade.