Netanyahu declines meet with Trump before inauguration
And no, I don’t buy the notion that Netanyahu declined the invite in order to ‘avoid embarrassing Obama’. For 8 years, Netanyahu has not missed an opportunity–including going to Congress and DEMANDING that the 435 people assembled there support Israel’s ‘request’ for war against Iran–to ’embarrass’ Obama.
If Nutty Netty were confident that Trump was in his pocket as everyone else up to this point has been, why not make the trip?
It seems reasonable then to postulate that Netanyahu knew he was going to get bad news and didn’t want to ‘deal with it’. If Trump was in his pocket and he had every reason to assume that the new Pres-elect was going to kiss his hind quarters and give into his every demand as is typically the case, he would have made the trip, if for no other reason than the political capital–both in Israel and abroad–he would receive from doing so.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly declined an invitation to meet with President-elect Donald Trump before his inauguration.
During the phone conversation between the two leaders following the elections last week, Trump suggested that Netanyahu “come as soon as possible” to meet with him, the Hebrew-language Walla news website reported Thursday, citing two unnamed senior Israeli officials.
After discussing the appropriate protocols of such a visit, Netanyahu “elegantly refused Trump’s invitation in order to avoid embarrassing Obama,” Walla reported, citing sources close to the Israeli leader.
“There is only one president at a time, you can work in parallel. Until Jan. 20, Obama is still in the White House, and you have to keep the rules of the protocol with him,” an unnamed Israeli official told Walla, noting Inauguration Day.
Netanyahu and Trump spoke by phone the day after the U.S. elections in what the Prime Minister’s Office described as a “warm and heartfelt” conversation. At the time, the Prime Minister’s Office said that Trump invited Netanyahu to meet him “at the first opportunity.”
Candidate Trump met with Netanyahu in New York in September when the prime minister was in town for the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Netanyahu also met then with the Democratic candidate for president, Hillary Clinton.
Walla also reported that the Prime Minister’s Office, Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C., have begun working toward a meeting that will take place between Trump and Netanyahu after the inauguration.
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