Skip to comments.Washington caught off guard by Netanyahu visit
Posted on 10/25/2009 4:31:37 PM PDT by Tigen
Israel says PM did not consult Obama ahead of trip because meeting on peace process unnecessary.
WASHINGTON Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's intention to visit Washington for the annual UJC General Assembly has surprised many on Capitol Hill and was apparently not coordinated with the Obama administration.
An American source told Ynet Sunday that news of the visit had been received with reserved astonishment.
The Obama administration has not yet responded to questions of whether a meeting with Netanyahu was forthcoming due to their surprise over the unscheduled visit. On the other hand, failure to invite Netanyahu to the White House may be perceived as a diplomatic crisis.
Sources in Jerusalem say Netanyahu did indeed decide to attend the GA without first consulting President Barack Obama, but that since the latter would also be present at the event the two may meet in any case.
The sources say a summit between the two leaders would be superfluous at this point in the peace process, and for this reason an official meeting has not been scheduled.
An official statement regarding Netanyahu's visit is scheduled to be published soon in the US, and an unofficial oral announcement has already been given by the Jewish Federations' leaders. The prime minister's visit is scheduled to take place on November 8-10.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's intention to visit Washington for the annual UJC General Assembly has surprised many on Capitol Hill and was apparently not coordinated with the Obama administration... The sources say a summit between the two leaders would be superfluous at this point in the peace process, and for this reason an official meeting has not been scheduled.Heh heh heh heh heh heh...
In Washington, various delays prevent the Japanese diplomats from presenting their war message to Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, until 2:30 p.m. (Washington time) just as the first reports of the air raid at Pearl Harbor are being read by Hull.
In other words, the Israelis are saying to nobama, "Piss off!! You offer us nothing of value."
Good for the Israelis.
Have you noticed how world leaders (Sacrozy in France, now Netanyahu in Israel) are beginning to put down nobama?
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."; Galatians 6:7
“Reserved astonishment” might even be better than a “rhetorical flourish”!
Haha - go Bibi!
It’s not like it wasn’t without provocation. Let’s see how Barry reacts.
Stick it to him Mr. Prime Minister!
I just wish Obama would engage the “full bore linear panic”!
I love Patrick McManus’ humor!
That “Getting Lost” article is one of my favorites. You need to get his three volume set of articles (”They Shoot Canoes, Don’t They?” is my favorite)
A diplomatic shoe in the face!
Netanyahu has a very distinguished career unlike our current 0’Cult leader. While he’s here, perhaps he can meet with Sarah Palin. If he ever did that, 0bama and his kapos (Axisrod, Emanuele)would have a stroke.
Gawd I love this guy Bibi! First Sarkozy and now Netanyahu ...am I sensing a bandwagon? WOO HOO!
Hell, I was in DC last week, I didn’t let the wussy in the White House know I was coming either.
Damn! I would love to see Bibi and Sarah together! Sarah is Israels best hope as a friend in American politics....and that is the truth.
“Why would he have to ask permission to visit the U.S.?”
Nobody else does ... they just walk right in.
This is almost as bad a breach of protocol as giving someone a $25 boxed set of DVDs with the wrong region code or a MP3 player loaded with ones speeches ... oh, wait ...
Seems like ignoring that flap earred nitwit in the WH is a sound thing to do.
You are correct.
George W. Bush loves this country and honored the office of the presidency, at the very least the PM would have recognized that and showed respect. What we have now is a Whitehouse occupied by Chicago thugs disrespecting everything the establishment stands for, what's there to respect. I just hope there'll be something left to salvage after they're gone.
I don’t think the current administration cares very much for Netanyahu - or Israel.
Cool, Israeli flag!
and that’s NOT a photoshop
That would be awesome.
On the other hand, failure to invite Netanyahu to the White House may be perceived as a diplomatic crisis.
Yep but by whom?
I really don’t think the Israelis perceive it as such
so that can only mean the Obtuse Administration is
realizing what a blunder this is.
Major Jewish Agency Parley Set for Sunday Reported: 09:20 AM - Oct/25/09
A major meeting of the Jewish Agency is set for Sunday. The crowd will be addressed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and Natan Scharansky, the new chairman of the board of the Jewish Agency, will address the group for the first time.
Discussions at the meeting will include the fate of Jewish education in the Diaspora, development of a a “new paradigm” relationship between Israel and the Diaspora, efforts to increase aliyah, and methods of helping to develop Israeli society.
Note: Natan Scharansky
In 1986, Congress granted him the Congressional Gold Medal. In 2006 US President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On 17 September 2008, Sharansky was awarded the 2008 Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
Yes, he is a statesman. Something that ultra leftwing radical POS in the White House will never be.
Gee, and Obama has been such a supporter of Israel. (/s)
Wrong. For a head of state to visit another country without informing that country's head of state is a HUGE breach of protocol, and in this case, it's an INTENTIONAL INSULT!
Way to go Bibi!!!
The TOTUS is now spitting lil cotton balls.
0bama was out of cell range, looking for his golf ball in the deep rough
This is your nose and this is your thumb.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Big deal, I wouldn't tell the President I was coming either if I wasn't planning on stoping in for date night or something.
Wow. Here he comes. And no meeting with Ozero.
And he didn’t do anything and we gave him the whitehouse.
“Poor Bambi, hes probably going to have to cancel a vacation or look like an ass.”
Come on. We’ve all seen him vacation AND look like and @ss at the same time! Hell, he’s BEEN on vacation since January, 2009!!
Send more troops to Afghanistan, you ignorant, stooge WAFFLER!
If we all lived in the world of the diplomat, this would be akin to someone using your bathroom, but not using the toilet. And then using your best linen to smear it all over the place.
I dont think Obama is going to get a Hanukkah present.
He will talk to the people that he needs to talk to. There are serious threats and serious things to be done to address them.
Our current administration is just not part of that.
Suprise Suprise Surprise LOL!
Hey, he is more than welcome at some Tea Party Expresses!!!
“At least someone is giving Obamy the finger.”
I think all of us on Free Republic do that every time we see his smirking face on our television screens.
God bless Bibi and Israel.
Exactly. Bibi doesn’t mind visiting the US, but he’d rather not see Obama.
I think that should be “Oy, Bibi!”
I’m a little weak on my Yiddish...
Diplomatic flip of the bird. Go Bibi!
On first down of course...hehehe
UJC = United Jewish Communities.
Why wouldn’t Bibi be there? Why would Obama?