Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin have turned down invitations to meet with former US President Jimmy Carter during his upcoming visit to Israel over his “anti-Israel” views.
Both the president and prime minister declined the invitations after consulting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council.
A senior diplomatic official told Channel 10, which broke the news, that Carter is “a disaster for Israel,” and that all Israeli leaders should refrain from meeting the former president, due to his “anti-Israel positions.”
The official was also quoted as saying that while Netanyahu and Rivlin refused to meet with him, Israel had approved Carter’s request to visit the Gaza Strip.
Carter will reportedly arrive sometime in the next 10 days for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.