Netanyahu Cancels Upcoming Meeting with Obama After Ship Debacle


obama-netanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu has canceled this week’s scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama, Israeli government officials said today. The two were slated to meet tomorrow during a visit by┬áNetanyahu to Washington.Netanyahu also decided to cut short a visit to Canada and return to Israel, according to an e-mail statement from his media adviser.

Netanyahu’s cancellation of the meeting came in the wake of international condemnation of Israel after Israeli soldiers stormed a flotilla of ships carrying aid intended for Palestinians in Gaza, leaving at least nine people dead in the resulting violence.

Israel claimed it was defending itself, with the Israel Defense Forces saying the soldiers’ lives were in danger after they were attacked with “severe physical violence, including live fire, weapons, knives and clubs.”

Several nations, however, have condemned the military action and called for an investigation.

Netanyahu and Obama were set to discuss, among other things, the recently completed U.N. conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, according to an earlier statement from the Israeli government.

{CNN/Yair Israel}


  1. Bibi was waiting for this excuse to cancel a potential harmful meeting with a friend you can do without.
    That alone was worth the entire flotilla exercise.
    Bibi, keep up the good work.
    The battle belongs to the lucky one!