By Scotty Reid
In a break with long standing protocol, the GOP controlled US Congress in an antagonistic move invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress to provide the GOP with talking points as they insist on undermining diplomatic talks between the Obama administration and Iran over its sovereign right to develop nuclear technology.
The White House issued a statement indicating that President Obama would not be meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to the proximity of Israeli elections and a policy of not meeting with those heads of state seeking re-election so as not to influence those democratic elections.
“As a matter of long-standing practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country,” White House spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. “Accordingly, the President will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu because of the proximity to the Israeli election, which is just two weeks after his planned address to the U.S. Congress.”
However, I suspect that the President is refusing to be bullied by the GOP and Netanyahu to meet when there are ongoing diplomatic discussions with Iran which again is asserting its rights under The Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons which Israel has not signed, obtained its nuclear arsenal and technology illegally and submits to no international inspections.
Netanyahu has also been very disrespectful to President Obama in times past which may have racial undertones seeing how Israel allows mistreatment of African Immigrants and has admitted to engaging in a eugenics program that has cut Israel’s Jewish Ethiopian population growth by 50% over ten years. When President Obama asked Netanyahu to stop violating international law and halt building illegal settlements on Palestinian land, Israel under Netanyahu’s leadership ramped up construction displacing many families from their homes and land.
Despite President Obama signing off on Israel’s annual welfare check from US taxpayers and inexcusably signing special legislation to re-arm Israel’s military so it could continue its slaughter of largely defenseless men, women and children in Gaza, Netanyahu has consistently bitten the hand that feeds the settler apartheid nation.
Since the President is not meeting with Netanyahu and his adminstration has played down a recent incident of Israeli settlers attacking US Consulate employees who were investigating a case of economic terrorism against a Palestinian/American family, it is very doubtful the US Congress will question Netanyahu on these acts of terrorism against American citizens in that region.
If I was President Obama I would not meet with Netanyahu for a variety of reasons but most of which would be because he is an ungrateful disrespectful thug.