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White House Declines Israeli Request to Meet With Obama – A First

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
(Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

Saying the President Barack Obama’s schedule does not allow time for a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister, the White House denied a direct request from Netanyahu.As the Israeli newspaper Haaretz noted, this marks a new low in relations between the two countries; this would be the first time Netanyahu will be in the U.S. without meeting with the president. Israel’s concerns are over the growing nuclear threat of Iran and the lack of effort by the U.S. to pressure that country into disbanding its nuclear program. Netanyahu launched perhaps his strongest criticism of Obama and the U.S. government Tuesday over not drawing a line with Iran, and for urging Israel to not destroy the Iranian nuclear program:

“The world tells Israel ‘Wait, there’s still time.’ And I say, ‘Wait for what? Wait until when?’ Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don’t have a moral right to place a red light before Israel.”

“Now if Iran knows that there is no red line. If Iran knows that there is no deadline, what will it do? Exactly what it’s doing. It’s continuing, without any interference, towards obtaining nuclear weapons capability and from there, nuclear bombs.”

Apparently Obama is too busy running around trying to get re-elected than set up a meeting with one of the United States’ closest allies. Tuesday, Obama found time to call in to a Miami radio show and chat about football (but not 9/11) with a radio personality who calls himself DJ Laz aka “the pimp with the limp.”

Nice.

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