The big lie Obama, White House just told about Netanyahu snub

Talk about doubletalk.

When the White House announced last week it was giving a “talk-to-the-hand” brush-off to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, the official story was Washington’s “long-standing practice and principle” of avoiding trying to influence other countries’ elections.

Photo Credit: The Telegraph
Photo Credit: The Telegraph

But as usual with Democrats, it was nothing of the kind. As a Times of Israel column pointed out over the weekend, the United States actually has a pretty long-standing practice of exactly the opposite when it comes to influencing Israeli elections against Benjamin Netanyahu.

In 1996, when Netanyahu was challenging then-Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres for office, the Bill Clinton White Househosted Peres less than a month before the elections in an obvious attempt to sway Israeli voters to support Peres, the Democrats’ man in Jerusalem.

(Naturally, the White House denied that. “It has nothing to do in our view with Israeli politics,” then-White House spokesman Mike McCurry said, showing as much respect for truth that current White House spokesman Josh Earnest has now.)

That White House meeting failed to saved Peres’ election, and Netanyahu took office for the first time as prime minister on the same kind of peace-through-strength platform that made him prime minister again in 2009 – when Obama was new in office. And Obama’s disliked him ever since.

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Photo Credit: Times of Israel
President Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres at the White House in 1996.

This time, Netanyahu’s been invited by a Republican congressional majority to address a joint meeting of Congress to talk about the threat posed by Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon – the threat Obamaphiles airily dismiss as Secretary of State John Kerry keeps talking, and talking and talking about a settlement.

And again the White House is lying about an Israeli leader’s visit.

Enough with the double talk.

For the Obama White House to pretend the president won’t be able to cut a few hours free in March to talk to the leader of his country’s one real ally in the most dangerous part of the world because it doesn’t want to influence Israeli elections?

It’s a lie so easy to see through the Obamaphiles probably call it diplomacy.

It’s really a disgrace.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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