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Obama, Bibi Meeting Likely to Be Terse

Monday, 09 Nov 2009 09:28 AM

There is much speculation as to why US President Barak Obama was opposed to meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but such a meeting will be taking place, tonight, Monday, during the evening hours (Washington time). The meeting however is expected to be short at best.

The Prime Minister’s Office has been working to secure the meeting for some two weeks, aware the prime minister was traveling to Washington to address the GA Jewish leadership conference.

According to speculation, the White House is uninterested in another meeting, pointing out the president and prime minister met about 6 weeks ago and since that time, there have not been any new developments regarding diplomatic efforts in the region. As a result, Israeli diplomatic officials in Washington have been the target of the White House’s scorn, the recipients of the ill will, but back in Jerusalem, the PM’s Office insists there is not breakdown in relations with the White House.

Another reason given opposing the meeting is the White House does not want this negative signal to further distance the PA (Palestinian Authority) from the negotiating table since the last meeting was a trilateral setting, during the United Nations GA in New York City, an event also attended by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen). Abu Mazen has already expressed his disappointment with America’s response to Israel’s refusal to accept a total building freeze, and advisors to President Obama fear the meeting may signal that the president is in Netanyahu’s pocket.

And yet another reason cited in the White House’s displeasure with the prime minister believing he can dictate just when the American president will meet with him, an unacceptable move under existing political protocol.

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There is much speculation as to why US President Barak Obama was opposed to meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but such a meeting will be taking place, tonight, Monday, during the evening hours (Washington time). The meeting however is expected to be short at best.
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