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January 22, 2015 6:29 pm

White House: Obama Won’t Meet With Netanyahu in DC Due to Israeli Election

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President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on Oct. 1, 2014. Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

JNS.org The White House said Thursday that President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the latter’s visit to Washington, DC, in March due to the visit’s close proximity to Israel’s national elections.

“As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country,” Bernadette Meehan, spokesperson for the National Security Council, said in statement.

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On Thursday, Netanyahu announced his acceptance of an invitation by U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) to address a joint-session of Congress on March 3 regarding Israel’s position on Western negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Netanyahu’s address to Congress comes just two weeks before Israel’s national elections on March 17.

On his visit, Netanyahu will also speak at the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Originally, Netanyahu planned to address Congress on Feb. 11, but Boehner adjusted the schedule to accommodate Netanyahu’s AIPAC appearance.

On Wednesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu was a breach of protocol.

“The protocol would suggest that the leader of one country would contact the leader of another country when he’s traveling there. … This particular event seems to be a departure from that protocol,” said Earnest.

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  • victoria brandeis

    WHO CARES……WHO IS OBAMA ANYWAY……YOU VOTED FOR CHANGE AND YOU RECEIVED IT BEFORE IT EVEN WAS AN ELECTIVE ROLE.

    IF YOU THINK YOUR GOING TO SHOVE THIS AWFUL MAN’S BELIEF ON MY JEWISH SOUL…..THINK AGAIN.

    HE IS NOT THE PRESIDENT EVEN IF ELECTED……HE IS SIMPLY A FOOL WHO IS BEING MANGLED BY UNSTEADY HANDS….

    NETANYAHU…..DOESN’T NEED OBAMA TO FEEL LIKE A MAN, A REAL MAN, A MAN WITH A HEART, A SOUL AND A FIRE BURNING WITHIN TO HELP HIS ISRAEL…..THE PEOPLE WHOM HE FIGHTS FOR EACH MOMENT.

    HAPPY ARE THE JEWS…..THE ISRAELS….FOR UNDERSTANDING THAT BRINGING NEW OR CHANGE DID NOT MEAN THAT ELECTING A NEW ‘BIBI’ WAS NOT GOING TO WORK.

    AMERICA….’OBAMA’…..DOES NOT WORK….OH WHAT HAPPENED TO MICHAEL BY THE WAY…….SO DON’T WASTE SPACE., DON’T WASTE MY TIME…..THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS NOT THE MAN THAT WAS ELECTED.

    I CHUCKLE THINKING OF ‘TOOTSIE’ WITH DUSTIN HOFFMAN….SO, AT THE END OF THIS PRESIDENCY WILL THE ‘OBAMA’S COME ONTO STAGE AND WHIP THEIR MASKS OFF AND PRESENT THEMSELVES AS WHOEVER SOCIAL MEDIA CLAIMS……

    FOR THIS I WAIT……FOR THE RISE IN TORAH, FOR THE UNDERSTANDING THE BLUEPRINT AND INSTEAD OF FIGHTING THIS
    STAND UP FOR BAD BEHAVIOUR

  • Shmuel Lux

    Obama did not visit Israel when he first became President during his much important trip to Egypt. This was more than spitting on us, it was defecating on us.

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  • Jonah

    It’s a blessing in disguise. Bebe needs to address the American people not Obama. Now that these two people really understand where each one Is coming from what good could come from a meeting. What our administration is hoping for is in the next elections israel will elect some leftys that will open the gate that will lead to the demise of their civilization.

  • rulierose

    I think it’s nice that Obama knows how unpopular he is in Israel and doesn’t want to screw up Bibi’s chances in the election by appearing with him.

    LOL! not really. that would never occur to Obama.

    you can bet if Abbas or Erdogan was in town Obama would be meeting with them. this is just one more in-your-face insult to that chickensh*t guy Netanyahu from the pro-Islamist WH. watch for nasty tweets about Bibi from Obama sycophants to start any time now…

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