Thursday, March 25, 2010

Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama 'dumped him for dinner'

 Binyamin Netanyahu addresses the AIPAC Conference

For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is
rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President
withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of.

Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday
night, according to Israeli reports on a trip seen in Jerusalem tonight as a
disastrous humiliation.

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on Jewish
, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but
invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisors and “let me
know if there is anything new”, a US congressman who spoke to the Prime
said today.

“The Prime Minister leaves America disgraced, isolated and altogether weaker
than when he came,” the Israeli daily Ha'aretz said.

Israel had calculated that he would be too tied up with domestic issues
ahead of the mid-term elections to focus seriously on the Middle East.
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