Obama: Netanyahu Meeting Before Israel Election ‘Inappropriate’


obama3President Barack Obama said he declined to meet with Bibi Netanyahu during the Israeli leader’s visit to the United States in March because it would be “inappropriate” two weeks before an election in that country, Reuters reports.

Netanyahu’s trip has become a diplomatic sore point with political overtones on both sides. U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, invited the Israeli prime minister to address Congress without informing the White House or congressional Democrats.

A meeting so close to Israel’s March 17 election could be seen as helping Netanyahu.

“I’m declining to meet with him simply because our general policy is we don’t meet with any world leader two weeks before their election,” Obama said in an excerpt of a CNN interview released on Wednesday.

“I think that’s inappropriate, and that’s true with some of our closest allies,” the Democratic president told the television network.

Read more at Voice of America.

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  1. in other words, i hate you because you stand for everything that i don’t and i don’t want anyone to think i’m endorsing you

  2. “our policy”? like this pres has policies? And he’s far from the person who can tell us what’s appropriate. What a nebach this country doesn’t see through his incapability’s

  3. Just curious – what would the Obama administration’s reaction have been had Netanyahu refused to meet with Obama prior to the 2012 elections because “It was inappropriate to meet with him two weeks before the election”? Even if this is a real policy, it’s a ridiculous one.

  4. Meanwhile, Obama kisses the feet of the Castro brothers and nuzzles up to the Iranian mullahs.

    That’s the “Obama Doctrine” for you!