Report: Obama won’t meet with Netanyahu during his U.S. trip this month

posted at 4:41 pm on September 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

First came the shouting match between Netanyahu and the U.S. ambassador. Then Martin Dempsey told an audience in London that he didn’t want to be “complicit” in an Israeli attack on Iran. The upcoming joint military exercise between the U.S. and Israel was then scaled back, and this murky report about the U.S. contacting Iran to distance itself from an Israeli strike appeared. Then came the floor fiasco at the Democratic convention over the platform’s Jerusalem language. Now this.

Question for foreign-policy wonks: When was the last time relations between the U.S. and Israel were this poor?

The White House has rejected a request by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet President Barack Obama in the United States this month, an Israeli official said on Tuesday, after a row erupted between the allies over Iran’s nuclear programme.

An Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Netanyahu’s aides had asked for a meeting when he visits the United Nations this month, and “the White House has got back to us and said it appears a meeting is not possible. It said that the president’s schedule will not permit that“.

The One’s entirely booked up later this month with fundraisers, moronic pandering to morning-show DJs, and whatever it is he does when he’s skipping his daily intelligence briefings. Besides, it’s not like he and Netanyahu have anything important to discuss, do they?

Breaking hard today from the AP:

The U.N. atomic agency has received new and significant intelligence over the past month that Iran has moved further toward the ability to build a nuclear weapon, diplomats tell The Associated Press.

They say the intelligence shows that Iran has advanced its work on calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead through a series of computer models that it ran sometime within the past three years…

The IAEA first outlined suspicions in November that Iran was working on calculating the yield of a nuclear weapon, as part of a 13-page summary of Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons work that it said was based on more than 1,000 pages of research and intelligence from more than 10 member nations.

A week ago, it looked like Obama was considering proposing concrete “red lines” for Iranian nuclear activity beyond which the U.S. would act. That was going to be the White House’s way of backing Netanyahu off and buying more time for the umpteen-thousandth round of sanctions to work. As of yesterday, though, the “red lines” idea is out; Hillary told an interviewer that the west should stay the course with negotiations right now, not throw any ultimatums at Iran. As you’ll see below, Netanyahu isn’t happy about that; Haaretz calls his remarks today “an unprecedented verbal attack on the U.S. government over its stance on the Iranian nuclear program.” (Sorry for the subtitles; this was the only clip I could find.) It strikes me as very uncharacteristic of Obama, whose top priority is always his own reelection, to deny Bibi a courtesy visit with an election just six weeks away, unless maybe O’s suddenly convinced that Israel really is going to attack in October. In that case, Obama’s calculus might shift: His top priority would be to prevent the U.S. from getting dragged into a war with Iran, which might involve attacks on U.S. bases in the region, skyrocketing oil prices, and lord knows what else. The political consequences of something that volatile would be hard to predict, so here he is signaling to the world that if Israel makes a move, they’re making it on their own. I’m … not too sure that’s going to convince the Iranians, but it might get enough attention among Israelis to turn up the domestic pressure on Netanyahu not to attack alone. They’re O’s real target audience here, I think. Surely he’s doing himself no favors electorally at home with a snub this prominent so late in the game.

Exit question: Which campaign events will Romney be canceling so that he can schedule a hastily arranged gladhanding session with Bibi at the UN?

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lynncgb on September 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM

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I explored the Jews for Romney site and found that this page was particularly helpful since it provides a handy ongoing list of news stories that should convince any Jewish person that it would be insane to vote for Obama:

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Onward toward victory in November!

wren on September 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM

I don’t know if you can – pray for them.

But it appears that they worship abortion more than they worship the God of Abraham and Moses. What a shame.

dukecitygirl on September 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Thank you dukecitygirl!

You’re right about my Jewish friends placing “the right to choose” much higher on their priority list than other religious beliefs when making political decisions.

And the really absurd thing is that due to either mature age or male gender, the “right to choose” is not an issue that is personally relevant to any of them!

As you suggested I will pray for them, in addition to praying for an extra dose of patience for me.

wren on September 11, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Onward toward victory in November!

wren on September 11, 2012 at 11:38 PM

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lynncgb on September 12, 2012 at 12:03 AM

I don’t claim to know Mr Obama’s motives, but here is one possibility:

If USA security planners are already convinced that an attack by Israel against Iran will lead to Iran attacking USA assets, then it makes sense to overtly repudiate the Israeli government and its plans in order that Iranian attacks against USA assets will be unjustified.

In such a case the USA will be better able to present itself (within and without the USA) as the innocent victim of Iranian aggression, which will make it easier to gain support (again, within and without the USA) for the killing and destroying that will likely follow.

In other words, if one is already convinced that participation in a war is inevitable, it makes sense to take whatever political stance best allows the war to be prosecuted and won, and that means not looking like the aggressor.

It would be a high-risk, high-stakes, dangerous game … but that is the type of game Iran seems determined to force upon the world. There are no low-risk options available and, that being so, the president of the USA is compelled by circumstance to choose between high-risk, bad options.

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 6:28 AM

Israel needs the prayers of the free world now as much as anytime in their existence.

onomo on September 12, 2012 at 6:46 AM

president of the USA is compelled by circumstance to choose between high-risk, bad options.

YiZhangZhe on September 12, 2012 at 6:28 AM

The U.S. needs the prayers of the free world now as much as anytime in our existence.

onomo on September 12, 2012 at 6:49 AM

And yet Obama got nearly 80% of the American Jewish vote in 2008.Are these people masochistic?

MaiDee on September 12, 2012 at 7:11 AM

Obama despises doubt about it…I really really wish that video in L.A. of Obama would one day be made available for all to see

sadsushi on September 11, 2012 at 8:45 PM

In the USA the center of Jew-hatred is now in the black far-left, with the Jacksons and Sharpstons and Jeremiah Wrights. That’s little Bammie’s home turf.

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2012 at 9:02 PM

i refer you to the comments of our own anti-semitic HR resident, the-whine-about-slavery-all-day-long libfree, but hey, not ok for Jews and the Jewish state to make sure that gas chambers and extermination of their people won’t happen again ….dinstinctions…and nuances….

jimver on September 12, 2012 at 7:52 AM

Hahah, After he poured the taxpayer’smoney into the idiotic lybia war, why??? Why did the cretin have to get involved there, lybia is of no strategic interest to the US….

jimver on September 11, 2012 at 5:31 PM

But just look how well Bammy’s unilateral use of our military forces worked out. He put U.S. pilots’ lives at risk, multi-million-dollar U.S. aircraft at risk, and burned through billions of dollars’ worth of missiles and other U.S. resources — and the Libyans (and Egyptians and Saudis, etc.) looooove us now.

Smart Power!

AZCoyote on September 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

yep, nice re-pay for our efforts to liberate them, US ambassador in Lybia killed and look at Egypt, this bastion of freedoms and democracy….thank god that apparently the whole convention bounce for O was a hoax perpetuated by the lib media, the polls show them now in dead heat again. Just the same as before the conventions…maybe our side will finally stop the hysteria and all, and concentrate on winning this battle…sometimes I think that Romney is the only level headed, rational one, calm and composed in the face of hysteria and commo from his own side, not like crazy mclame 4 years ago…

jimver on September 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Greg Gurfieid with “The Five” on Fox news this PM had the best line yet talking about how Obama “can’t find the time” to meet with Netanyahu:

“He sould tell Netanyahu to meet him at a golf course..or that he needs some birth control pills”…

LaRepublican on September 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM