Michael van der Galien

Obama Snubbed Netanyahu to Have Dinner with Michelle and the Kids

Posted on March 26 2010 8:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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I’m afraid we’ll have to take the possibility that Obama is not merely no friend of Israel, but a downright enemy, seriously now:

Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family, it emerged on Thursday…

Here’s what happened: Netanyahu thought that the worst of the crisis in Israel’s relationship with the U.S. was over. He met with Obama, believing both sides would work out their differences.

It didn’t take the Israeli prime minister a long time to realize he was wrong. Obama had no intention to be conciliatory. He,

immediately presented Mr Netanyahu with a list of 13 demands designed both to the end the feud with his administration and to build Palestinian confidence ahead of the resumption of peace talks. Key among those demands was a previously-made call to halt all new settlement construction in east Jerusalem. When the Israeli prime minister stalled, Mr Obama rose from his seat declaring: “I’m going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls.”

As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. “I’m still around,” Mr Obama is quoted by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. “Let me know if there is anything new.”

As another Israeli newspaper, Maariv, reported, “there is no humiliation exercise that the Americans did not try on the prime minister and his entourage. Bibi received in the White House the treatment reserved for the president of Equatorial Guinea.”

The fact of the matter is, of course, that Obama would not have treated the president of Guinea in this way either. No, he reserves this treatment for America’s traditional allies such as Israel, Britain and France; allies he apparently is determined to alienate.

It’s a troubling development that Obama doesn’t even feel the need to keep up appearances with Israel any longer. You have to wonder what this will mean for the security of the small Jewish nation-state, surrounded by dozens of much bigger enemies.

Exit question: any guesses as to why we have to rely on British, instead of America media to report on how badly Obama treats Israel?

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