Some U.S. leaders to refuse meeting with Israeli PM during Washington trip

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FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2015, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office. Netanyahu on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, turned down an invitation to meet privately with Senate Democrats next week during his visit to Washington, saying the session “could compound the misperception of partisanship” surrounding his trip. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool, File)

Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with lawmakers a few weeks before elections in Israel.
CCTV America’s Nathan King filed this report from Washington.

Some U.S. leaders to refuse meeting with Israeli PM during Washington trip

Some U.S. leaders to refuse meeting with Israeli PM during Washington trip

Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with lawmakers a few weeks before elections in Israel. CCTV America's Nathan King filed this report from Washington.

The last time Benjamin Netanyahu campaigned for reelection in 2012, the issue of Iran’s nuclear program was center stage. Now, just weeks before Israelis go to the polls, the stage this time will be Washington and an address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress by the current Israeli incumbent.

Netanyahu was invited by Republican leadership who now controls the U.S. Congress and share the Israeli Prime Minister’s deep suspicions of a potential nuclear deal with Iran. The White House feels Netanyahu and Republicans are playing politics and the Administration says the visit could undermine the negotiations. President Obama has no plans to meet with Netanyahu in Washington.

“We have a practice of not meeting with leaders right before their elections, 2 weeks before their elections,” the U.S. president said.

Relations between Obama and Netanyahu are frayed and the failure of Palestinian Israeli peace talks, the Israeli military campaign in Gaza and continued settlement building in occupied territory have deepened divisions to a point where senior U.S. officials have expressed total opposition to next week’s address.

“I think it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship,” said U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

Aaron David Miller is a former U.S. negotiator on Middle East peace and knows Netanyahu well. Miller believes this rift is far more than a personality clash between two governments.

“It’s less personal frankly in my judgment than it is driven by fundamentally different world views. Netanyahu has a different view, he sits in a different place,” Miller said.

Netanyahu is convinced Iran wants a nuclear weapon and he’s been sounding the warning about that prospect from the United Nations to the campaign trail where this week he said world powers are caving to Iran and will allow it to produce a nuclear weapon. He’s set to repeat that message in Washington.

According to Israel’s opinion polls, Netanyahu has a narrow lead, but many think his speech to the U.S. Congress is a political move designed to give his reelection chances a boost.

“I don’t think there is a single member of Congress that doesn’t know what the Prime Minister of Israel’s position is on the issue, so the notion that he has to come and make this speech at this moment in order that they know what he thinks, you know I think is not the case,” Jeremy Ben-Ami of the blog J Street said.

The rift over Netanyahu’s speech continues to divide Washington with many Democrats including U.S. Vice President Joe Biden planning not to attend. All this may seem like petty politics, but many here say the relationship between Israel and the United States has never felt frostier.

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  • Shein Ariely

    Democrats, Republicans – worldwide politicians
    should be concerned about Islamist Iran with Nuks and hear what a courageous
    leader has to say about Islamist Iran danger.

    If the agreement was so fine- why the powerful Obama doesn’t want the world to hear Netanyahu,?

    North Korea is not supporting directly terrorists worldwide and its forces don’t take active part in countries conflicts.
    Unlike North Korea, Shia terrorists supported by Islamist Iran attacked in Yemen-Argentina-Lebanon-Bulgaria-Iraq- India-Syria-Thailand- Egypt- Uruguay- Gulf states-USA-Saud Arabia (listed 41 countries)
    Imagine how will be living in a world where terrorists are protected by a
    Islamist Iran with almost ready NUK power!!–

    If a world leader delivered a speech in the British parliament before
    Chambering surrender Czechoslovakia to the NAZI and managed to change the faulty agreement, could changed the world history.

    President Obama diverts away the discussion from the crucial problem
    relevant to the entire world to irrelevant points, such as protocol.
    President Obama, leading the mighty USA, faulty ME political experiments
    are dangerous for the entire world.
    The next 2 USA presidents will have a hard work to fix his faulty experiments.

    Like in Hans Christians Anderson story- Netanyahu plays the role of the small child crying:

    “”The king is naked””.
    (And the King ( Obama) wants to stop the child cry, before the people will
    realize indeed that the king(Obama) is naked–.

    Islamist Iran is dangerous for all the worldwide cultures- defined in 2 stages:
    The difference between the worldwide cultures and Israel is that they want to
    convert all to Islamist Shia by war and Israel they want tosetroy.

    Stage 1:
    Reestablishing the Persian Empire by using the SHIA in Islamist Iran,Iraq, Syria,Lebanon,Jordan,Israel,Gulf states
    Islamist Iran proxies and revolutionary guard fight in all conflicts.
    (NAZI stage 1 was to control the territories with German speaking people)

    Stage 2:Imposing worldwide the Shia Islamism:
    (NAZI stage 2 was to try to impose their ideology worldwide by force)

    **”This century will witness the establishment of a universal holy government and the downfall of all others”**
    Constitution of Islamist Republic of Iran

    **”the Islamic Republic’s ideals include destroying America”.
    Said Ayatollah Khamenei,supreme leader

    **USA foreign affairs report about Islamist Iran:
    -“Iran leaders view terrorism as an impotent foreign policy to export their idiology in listed 41 countries.”

    **”we will raise the flag of Islam over the White House”
    “The Islamic Republic directly supports the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Shiite militias in Syria and Iraq,”
    Said by Shirazi leading Iranian cleric,close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei
    Wikileaks disclosed that the Arab leaders requested USA to stop Islamist Iran,
    the traditional regional historical superpower Arabs geopolitical enemy by
    any means.

  • Xiao Lao Wai

    Does not matter that everyone knows his point of view already!
    This whole charade is just to score points with voters back home and ensure he gets back into the seat of power.
    At least there is someone who puts the fear of God in these Zionists occupying and building on lands that do not belong to them.
    way to go Iran.. have you nukes soon.