Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during trip to Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he travels to Washington in March, the White House said Thursday, one day after being caught off-guard by Republicans’ invitation for the Israeli leader to address a joint session of Congress.

Spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said that in keeping with “long-standing practice and principle,” the president does not meet with heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections.

“Accordingly, the president will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress,” Meehan said.

Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to Congress on March 3 and will push for additional sanctions on Iran. He was initially scheduled to address lawmakers in February, but the date was changed so that it could coincide with Netanyahu’s trip to Washington to address an annual conference held by AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby group, in early March.

The invitation was a coordinated effort by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., with staff discussions beginning last year, according to a senior Republican aide, who spoke only on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the private talks.

Boehner contacted the Israeli ambassador on Jan. 8 to assess Netanyahu’s interest and received a positive response. The GOP leaders reached out to the Israelis without consulting with the White House or State Department, a move that appeared likely to deepen the White House’s already tense relations with congressional Republicans as well as the Israeli leader.

Obama has been urging Republicans, as well as some members of his own party, to hold off on passing new Iran sanctions legislation while the U.S. and international partners are in the midst of nuclear negotiations with the Islamic republic. Last week, British Prime Minister David Cameron said he had been making a similar case to U.S. lawmakers.

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough said Thursday that the nuclear negotiations were at a delicate phase.

“We ought to give some time and space for that to work,” he said.

Netanyahu stands to gain politically at home from the U.S. visit. He is in a tough fight to win re-election in Israel’s upcoming March vote. Netanyahu’s Likud Party is running behind the main opposition group headed by Yitzhak Herzog’s Labor Party, which has been highlighting rancor in the country’s critical relationship with the United States.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it was inappropriate for Boehner to invite Netanyahu to address Congress in the shadow of the election and give the appearance of endorsing the prime minister.

“If that’s the purpose of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit two weeks before his own election, right in the midst of our negotiations, I just don’t think it’s appropriate and helpful,” Pelosi said.

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95 Replies to “Obama will not meet with Netanyahu during trip to Washington”

  1. This invitation by Boehner to Netanyahu is in fact an act of treason. Boehner doesn’t want any kind of diplomacy with Iran under any circumstances what so ever, and will do anything to torpedo it. I for one say to the State Department is deny Netanyahu a visa to enter the country, and say to the Justice Department convene a grand jury to investigate Boehner for treason, and indict him for it.

  2. Israeli Opposition Slams Planned Netanyahu Speech to Congress

    The opposition Meretz Party said it would file a complaint with the Central Elections Committee demanding that it prohibit Israeli television and radio stations from broadcasting Netanyahu’s congressional address. “This is a blatant violation of campaign laws,” Meretz spokeswoman Aya Mizrachi said by phone.

    Bonehead with this move has just proven that he is a traitor to the American people by letting a foreign government dictate American policy.

    So to paraphrase “We are going to let American boys and girls fight a likud war”
    Shame Shame Shame

  3. Another attempt by the GOP to undermine President Obama who has spent years bringing dignity & honor back to the office of US President after years of lawless & reckless behavior & policies put forth by the last three GOP presidents. This latest stunt is just one of many we’ve witnessed over the years in the GOP’s attempt to trash & undermine Obama, his role as president & the economy & that caused the US to have it’s credit rating downgraded.

    This is just another little stunt by the GOP to show the country how childish & irresponsible they are & how they are completely unable to govern responsibly.

    Sadly, GOP congress is too blinded by their anger, hatred & Koch money to see how dangerous & damaging their behavior is to the US & our relations with other countries around the world.

  4. I am glad to read that Obama will not be meeting with him. It is an unforgivable breach of protocol that Boehner extended the invite, and an outrageous breach protocol , and of civility, courtesy, and decency that Netanyahu accepted the invite.

    For all our support of Israel, we get nothing back but resentment. Netanyahu can go to hell.

  5. I should have said it more briefly.
    President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

  6. But if he were a muslim he would be [ snipped]and feet #FOH

    Really, miss, if you’re going to barge in uninvited, please wipe said feet first–

    Sincerely ,
    The Hays Office

  7. If Bibi were a muslime ob[snipped] kissing his [snipped] and feet. I hate this man

    *Editor’s note: Made you decent…sorta.

  8. Netanyahu must be a little nervous about his coming election, he was asked not to go to Paris by the French Premier but he went anyway, he is grovelling for support where he can get it.

  9. Does Boner realize this will infuriate Iran even more?
    Boner and the rest of the tea bag/repubs will be responsible for the war with Iran.

    I’m sure southern belle Graham is contemplating war on his plantation veranda.

  10. Sallie, your trailer trash credentials are showing. Your talk is straight from the ugly pit of humanity. Your ugliness is in your DNA. Yeah we know that you don’t consider Obama to be YOUR President, so who gives a Fk what you think. The rest of us are proud of him. When we get a Yahoo for President then you can jump for joy, okay? By then it will be 60 years into the future, hope you can still jump by then.

  11. @Andy, of course Boehner knows this will infuriate Iran, that’s way he & McConnell are doing this. They want to destroy any nuclear negotiations with Iran & undermine Obama’s presidential authority in a most disrespectful way all in their attempt to say, “We won the midterm elections, we’re in charge of the country.” With the added bonus of starting another war with a country in the middle east.

  12. Netanyahu is a murderous sociopath who killed 600 children. Boehner is a spineless, dickless drunk who need to step down as speaker for trying to undermine the head of government.

    Their need to be a ethnic investigation. For violation of protocol rules.

  13. Can’t stand the thought of a black guy being better than you are, huh. Here’s a hint-most of them are.

  14. 2 weeks before BiBi’s election….odd! Mitch McConnell name is written all over this one. Bonner is just the puppet. The Whitehouse, I’m sure will find a way to inform the people of Israel that these actions of insubordination is unbecoming on both sides and not supported. Sabotaging delicate nuclear talks is a security threat for the world that could lead to more violent terrorist acts.

  15. Like how the hell can we pay for it?
    Oh that’s right, we’ll just use our “charge-a-plate” and let the future generations worry about it just like we’ve done with Iraq, Afghanistan, Medicare part D and the company bailouts.

    Does anyone else remember the term “charge-a-plate”?

  16. Sheldon Adelson is the puppet master in this theater of the lunatics
    Boehner has to pay proper homage to Sheldon Adleson’s estimated $30 BILLION DOLLARS that Shelly likes to waste on the likes of Newt, Romney, Sarah, and other GOPers. Given how Shelly demands utter, 100% pro-Israel political stances from those politicians that he purchases or leases

  17. “Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand.” ~-Atticus Finch, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

  18. McConnell and Netanyahu are trying to be relevent. I guess they figure a war might do that. I guarantee this plan wasn’t thought up by Boehner, he just blindly does as he’s told.

  19. Netanyahu, in U.S., Woos Conservatives


    Published: January 20, 1998
    The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, arrived here today and went directly to a Christian-Jewish rally of conservative supporters, who include some of President Clinton’s harshest political opponents.

    While Mr. Clinton spoke today of his ”high hopes” for the discussions about peace in the Middle East that are to begin on Tuesday, Mr. Netanyahu entered a ballroom at the Mayflower Hotel to thunderous applause in the middle of a speech by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, the founder of Moral Majority.

    Mr. Falwell is regarded by the Clinton Administration as an outright enemy of the President
    Read More

    This shit has been going on for too long with out this war criminal being called out

  20. We’re supposed to hate Israel now? I guess I’m older than most of the posters here. Liberals used to be pro-Israel back in the eighties when the suicide bombings of cafes, buses and deaths of Israelis were a daily occurrence. But now that the walls have been built the violence has been seriously curtailed. Do some research on Yassir Arafat’s PLO… the 72 Olympics..etc etc. the six day war..the war in 48… Israel has been under attack since it’s inception. Why should Israelis think, for a second, that Palestine wants peace? They don’t. They want to destroy Israel and the US, just like Iran. (Ahmadinejad says the holocaust didn’t happen.)…. You progressives have all turned into Noam Chomsky… and now Obama is giving billions to Iran??? oh, that’ll really work out great!

  21. Dumbass provide a link where The President is giving billions to Iran or STFU BEFORE I BAN YOUR IGNORANT ASS

  22. Dumbass that’s their money. Don’t you know what unfrozen assets mean or did you failed at that too being homeschooled? Anymore idiocy out of you I will ban you just for GP

  23. I see. Insults are fine, but contrary viewpoints are not. I saw where you said you wanted to debate somebody on the “stupidity” of conservatives or something to that effect….

    But you threaten banishment, and insult…

    I actually do like lively exchanges between people with diverse views…sadly you have proved to me that this is not the place for it…

    Ban away………

  24. We’ll see if I get banned. hey I liked the Milkshake response the other day.. It was funny!!! My kinda stuff..

  25. um… That’s your best shot? That’s it?

    You insult my intelligence and the intelligence of everyone else reading this.

    Shame on you.

  26. Mossad does not dictate policy to the United States. Glad the President announced revamping and upgrading the State dept.

    We need to shut every Embassy we have, clean out the CIA elements, and reopen as a professional diplomatic mission. Staffed by professional diplomats.

    Modest embassies, which would reflect our diminished stature. no use pretending we’re Napoleon Bonapatre when we are Napolean Dynamite.

  27. You’re right. I should have said “released” instead of “gave”… I will be more diligent in the pursuit of accuracy…

  28. What needs to be called out is that we are embroiled in religious wars. The 3 sons of Abraham – Judaism, Euro-Christianity and Islam are going the way of Zeus and Kali.

    They are not happy. But their apocalypse does not constitute our emergency.

    “You do not get to kill other humans for your god. We will not allow you to.” We make it stick.

    Once we admit the root is religion, we can help their religious leaders guide them away from violence and towards acceptance of their non-superiority.
    And our right not to die because they think god likes it.
    Adult swim. All children out of the pool.

  29. You missed an apostrophe, a comma, and you should have included “handy” after “dictionary”.

    But the comma, obviously, was optional after “next time”. But it would have been appropriate to lend a necessary pause..

  30. Just a little snark, djchefron. (This is the internet BTW)… But I’m not so sure about trusting Iran.

  31. Is anyone else noticing the beginnings of an imposition of grammatical rules on posters as indicators of educational status?
    We are adopting a hierarchy based on literacy in English. While I bow to no one in my love for,and grasp of, the English language, we appear to be moving to a unified communications system that does not rely on written communications.

    Universal literacy – from troll to Professor. And we’ve started using intricate knowledge of written English as class indicators. just like the British use spoken accents.
    Makes sense. What you look like doesn’t matter anymore…
    I adore formal English….

  32. Pop quiz. Name one country Iran has attacked or invaded in I don’t know the last 150 years. Now once you find the answer compare that to the other countries (Israel) in the region over the last 40 years

  33. renardine is right. I said “giving” and not “gave”. Nice catch there… But geeze, djchefron; you are correct about invasion..but….

    “The United States State Department describes Iran as an “active state sponsor of terrorism.”[2] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice elaborated stating, “Iran has been the country that has been in many ways a kind of central banker for terrorism in important regions like Lebanon through Hezbollah in the Middle East, in the Palestinian Territories, and we have deep concerns about what Iran is doing in the south of Iraq.”


  34. Really, the war criminal Rice? What you don’t realize those are Shia countries with the exception of Palestine and we know the reason why they help them out. Hezbollah is in the Lebanese government and just because we do the bidding of the 51st state that don’t make them terrorist any more than George Washington was a terrorist.

    In regards to Iraq anyone with half a brain told the warmongers what would happen when we illegally invaded Iraq.They are Shia. When Saddam was executing their leaders the ones that survived went to Iran for their safety and now since they are in power, Iraq and Iran are natural allies. Sometimes it helps to pick up a book and read. You just might be surprise what you will learn

  35. We didn’t illegally invade Iraq. Bush went to congress for authorization, with the “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution” of 2002…Here’s a list of a few you might recognize who voted for it..

    Bayh (D-IN)
    Biden (D-DE)
    Breaux (D-LA)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Carnahan (D-MO)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Cleland (D-GA)
    Clinton (D-NY)
    Daschle (D-SD)
    Dodd (D-CT)
    Dorgan (D-ND)
    Edwards (D-NC)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Harkin (D-IA) Hollings (D-SC)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Kerry (D-MA)
    Kohl (D-WI)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Lieberman (D-CT)
    Lincoln (D-AR)
    Miller (D-GA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Torricelli (D-NJ)


  36. You mean when he went to congress and LIED to get them to authorize. “Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons. We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons — the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have.” ~GWB~ 2002.
    Exposed for their lies by Joe Wilson, they took it out of his wife Valerie Plame, CIA op….
    If Saddam Hussein had been left in power, radical extremist would have remained in check today.

  37. So I get eleven “no ways”… and the guy who implies I have half a brain and I’m stupid, calls me a dumbass, an ignorant ass, an that there’s just idiocy coming out of me, without the slightest hint of any derogatory response from me, gets ten likes…

    Welcome to Politcussa Johnny!!!!

  38. So Clinton, Kerry, Schumer, Biden, Liberman, Dodd, Daschle, Fienstien, Edwards etc… who voted to authorize military action in Iraq were correct….

    Got it…(or were they wrong? You can’t have it both ways.. oh that’s right… liberals get their cake and get to eat it too…)

    IE===>>> Hypocrisy…

  39. You know what the Brazilian phrase, “to screw a pineapple” means? It means that, once you have inserted yourself into a situation, you can’t stay in without getting dissolved and you can’t pull out without getting skinned. I bet twelve years ago, you were all for sticking it to that poor pineapple, weren’t you? I bet you bought the story that it was a nice, slippery canteloupe full of tickly seeds, didn’t you? I bet you can’t admit you were wrong, can you? And the situation is most Doleful, isn’t it?

  40. Eh, not exactly reynardine. I voted for Barack Obama for precisely the same reasons Liberals did. I thought we were sold a bill of goods. But as it urns out we weren’t…

    From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.

    In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act

    Read more: http://www.thepoliticalinsider.com//www.thepoliticalinsider.com/bombshell-new-york-times-reports-wmds-found-iraq/#ixzz3PcX1g33V

  41. Let’s bet. How much? Do me a favor and read my posts. Check out the one where I said you were right, that I didn’t say “gave”…but I said “given”… Or where I said that I should have said “released” instead of “given” when it came to Iran’s frozen assets.

    You can write a delightful piece about ****ing a pineapple, but can you read?

  42. emotional statement devoid of knowledge. Not act of treason by any stretch. Well within perview of congress. I am not a fan of Boehner, but we as a country need to become educated on constitution, laws, legislative process so that we quit tearing apart this country and can discuss and have disagreements in a civilized manner.

  43. not a breach of protocol or precedent, and is well within the purview of congress. I wish we could all remove the emotional spew with knowledgeable intelligence and with grasp of constitution, governing bodies and roles and rule of law. The president should not meet with him, this is an invitation by the house. There is inherent distrust between the president and both parties in house over international intelligence. Reasons are another discussion. This is a reasoned approach to POTUS requests for aid to other countries and to determine threats to our own by a country that has sworn to wipe America, big Satan, off the map. Diplomacy is usually the best policy, but does not always work as we have seen even in recent history such as with Hitler and appeasement. With such knowledge, there is no second chance with a nuclear strike, so I appreciate a balanced both sides of the coin approach. And I am not a fan of Boehner. Just tired of rhetoric and want to be safe for sure

  44. I do believe that the net result of not enforcing sanctions has been that Iran has been able to engage in illegal oil trading as there is no US pressure. The proposal to give authority to Obama to negotiate and seal a deal has been put before congress for lifting of sanctions against Iran. It is far easier to have meaningful discussion if both parties refrain from name calling and stick to real facts, that way both sides may glean knowledge or at least agree to disagree with the understanding the each side is not ignorant in their position simply looking at opposite sides of coin. I am hoping that we are of the same coin, American, and in that we want what is best for all in United States. Iran is a real threat to the US and has sworn to wipe us out. I for one want to make sure that human rights violations as aggregious as have been committed in Iran don’t continue before I would US to be a party to by supporting in any way the ability for the country to follow through on threat

  45. I am Highly Skeptical About the Real “Beef,” whenever Political Issues Take this Kind of Apparently Mysterious, “Amorphous” Hullabaloo.That is when I Start Smelling Toxic Inauthenticity from Politicians ! ?

    In the Current Explosion, it Most Likely Ain’t About the Israeli People, Ain’t About the American People, Ain’t About the Iranian People, Passe, nor About Any other Real People at All !
    I Posit, that it Very likely May have All to do with” Who Benefits Financially”, in a Permanent State of War, vis-a-vis the Military Industrial Complex States’ Budget Money !
    Everything Else …Stinks of Vast Political Machinations & Inauthenticity to Keep the Status Quo, and the Money Flowing, in One Direction or Another ! ?

    Follow the Money, in Each Country’s “Individual Military Industrial Complex” Budget, the Politicians, and the Concomitant Arms’ Financial Transactions !

    Who Benefits from the Actual “Military Industrial Complex”‘ Budgets’ Moneys, in Each Count…

  46. That is exactly what happens when you blunder into decaying ammo dumps. The problem is that your reasoning is the same as Cheney’s and Rumsfeld’s: Iraq is stuffed with WMD’s (the definition of which is curiously fluid), yet invading it is a cakewalk. It was a cakewalk. We got into the pineapple too damned easy. If actual weapons of mass destruction had been available, they would have been used on us.

  47. Sorry I have not been following the conversation, but hearing about the weapons in Iraq(WMD’s), they found decaying remnants
    of the weapons that Rumsfeld/Cheney had
    supplied during the Iran/Iraq war. Our military personnel were in fact poisoned by the dirty dealings of Rumsfeld. It is a know fact now that the hype leading up to war was all lies, the UK & other countries have had numerous enquirys into the whole
    matter, that is why Bush/Cheney have been declared war criminals in the international

  48. Iran does not have any nuclear weapons. Google can be your friend other than fox which just makes you stupid

  49. Foundation for Defense of Democracies? A neo con think tank…. Seriously
    Founded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks with the goal of pushing an aggressive “war on terror” in the Middle East and a hawkish “pro-Israel” line in Washington, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a neoconservative think tank that claims to defend democratic countries from “radical Islamism.” – See more at: http://www.rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Foundation_for_Defense_of_Democracies#sthash.4UvTVVab.dpuf

  50. I agree 100% with you …

    I HATE Bibi, too!

    (Got to refer to Bibi, because that’s the ONLY male noun in your sentence when you say “I hate that man”.
    (Grammar and spelling weren’t your strong suits in school, were they?)

  51. True, Putin is the rwnj wet dream star. Netanyahu is currently being investigated by the ICC War Crimes. He wants America to defend his crimes. He has been trying for years to get us to pay for a war for him. Let Iran take em out-hes evil, like Boehner. Obama is SMART to distance himself from Netanyahu. Hes scum.

  52. lied, lied, lied. Please tell us where the 2.3 TRILLION went according to Donald Rumsfeld’s press conference of 9-10-01? Bush administration did nothing but lie and cheat Americans and Congress. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice should be in prison for life for their crimes of murder and conspiracy.

  53. I guess its time to cut FUNDING Israels Military Defense. We pay $2,000,000.00 A DAY!! for their military.!! NO more, plus 158 more countries just like Israel, this is the way they insult our President, John Boehner should be IMPEACHED for over stepping HIS authority.NO-ONe likes Israel, they do not PLay well with others. WARMONGERS,just like the Republicans

  54. I can safely say that Boehner and McConell and their closed allies are playing games with the White House. They should be glad that this insult to democracy and to president Obama occurs in a country of fair laws. Had it happened in other countries these two characters would be taken straight to jail. In addition, I do not understand how Israel can put up with Benjamin Netanyahu and his politics. He is not a friend of the United States if he is invited by a radical faction in American politics, a faction that has tried though unsuccessfully to unseat the rightful and elected tenant in charge of our country.

  55. It is the President who sets the nation’s foreign policy, not the Congress. Netanyahu is a war criminal and his appearance in the United States Congress is an ugly stain on that lovely building.

  56. johnny, you really are one confused and ignorant soul. I’m sickened by guys like you who (to quote famous movie line:) “don’t know whether to scratch your watch or wind your butt.”

    For one, I don’t believe at all you “voted for” President Obama. Guys like you fetishize over Putin and Bibi, literally applauding when our twice-elected President is treated with such utter disrespect.

    It’s funny when I see people saying “you can’t blame W!” Here’s the truth: Junior Bush was the President who lied us into the invasion of Iraq. Bush’s lies were (and still ARE) the major reason the Middle East is now so dangerous.

    Your memory seems to have some kind of electrical “short.”

    The truth is not in you.

  57. Republicans and Bibi Netanyahu are “One”! If there had been a Republican President the US would have already finished the war with Iran. Probably we would be living the aftermath of the 3rd world war, with huge destruction in the world. Remember the “preventive” war Bibi called for at the UN to avoid Iran from “loving the bomb”? He came up with drawings showing a bomb that was about to explode. He gave also the timing Iran would acquire the nuclear bomb. Israel’s security is not won by wiping out all the Arabs neighbors! Peace and security for Israel is gained step by step, with small steps ahead in deplomacy. Wow! President Obama is a great statesman! He is a natural born statesman. And I hope the change in European economic policy is also caused by his deplomacy. But of course the best way to deal with Europe is to disengage from Europeans’ quarrels! Move the center of the world away from Europe. God bless Obama.

  58. In March when Bidi shows up for Boehners party in Congress, ALL the Democrats and Independents who support Diplomacy with Iran should just walk of the floor.
    POTUS is trying to avoid war at all cost and the Republicans and Bidi are just looking for another WAR. Sick of War ,how about you??Kick the Warmongers,troublemakers, hatemongers out of Congress.

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