White House: Obama Will Not Meet Netanyahu, Nor will Kerry

Leftists say Netanyahu’s speech in Congress, set for March 3 ahead of March 17 polls, is an election ploy, demand Israeli TV ignore it.

Gil Ronen
Israel National News

…The date for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress has been pushed back by a fortnight to March 3, House Speaker John Boehner announced Thursday on his Twitter feed.

Boehner said that Netanyahu asked that the speech be rescheduled so that he can participate in the annual AIPAC conference as well. This means that the speech to Congress will be delivered just two weeks before the Israeli elections on March 17.

Netanyahu wrote Boehner: “I am honored by this invitation, which reflects the special friendship shared by Israel and the United States as well as the strong bipartisan support for Israel across America.

“Just last week I discussed with President Obama the common challenges we face from Islamist extremism, including resurgent terrorism and Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“I look forward to being able to share with the joint session Israel’s vision for working together to address these threats and to reiterate Israel’s commitment to the bond that unites our two democracies.”

Politico said that the invitation to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to address the United States Congress was extended by Boehner without consulting the White House or the State Department. Instead, Boehner’s and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff coordinated with Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

The idea has been under discussion in Republican leadership since before the 2014 midterm election, noted Politico



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Related: Report: Obama Leaked Mossad Report to Embarrass Netanyahu

Israel’s Army Radio, via the Jerusalem Post, reports that local sources claim U.S. President Barack Obama arranged the leak of a Mossad report on the Iran nuclear talks as an act of revenge against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for agreeing to speak to Congress in February about radical Islam and the Iranian threat. The Mossad report allegedly suggests new sanctions would cause talks to collapse, and its release is calculated to suggest disagreement with Netanyahu…


Update: via Don Surber


Fury in Israel Over Obama’s Mossad ‘Lies’

Senior Israeli says ‘friends don’t act like this’ after Mossad Head denies US claim that he opposed Iran sanctions in talk with senators…




Update 2: Bypassing Obama on Netanyahu Intensifies Iran Warning

House Speaker Boehner didn’t let Obama know he was inviting Israeli leader Netanyahu to address Congress. It’s a strong message on Iran appeasement…

…”Boehner didn’t clear [Netanyahu’s visit] with President Obama — kind of like the way the president doesn’t clear with Boehner his repeated unilateral, unconstitutional executive actions that go over Congress’s head.”…



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