“The true rift between Netanyahu and Obama is about policy, not politesse” (that and the fact that Obama hates Bibi’s guts).
From the article:
So here, again, are the facts: John Boehner invited Bibi to speak on an issue of national importance to both the United States and to Israel, and Bibi accepted. The White House was informed of the invitation in advance, as is proper. Democrats were not consulted. Tzipi Livni, Buji Herzog, Jonathan Greenblatt, and the editorial board of the New York Times were not consulted either. This is all according to custom and according to precedent.
Enough said. Someone IS spitting in someone’s face here, but Bibi is the one getting spit on.
We at IRIS are still confused about the recent surreal brouhaha about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s accepting an invitation to speak to Congress.
What exactly WAS the big deal here?? Why was Bibi blamed — it was Speaker John Boehner’s fault. Bibi has to check with Obama if it is ok to address Congress? Boehner doesn’t have to check but Bibi does? Strange.
Now an interesting piece of information has come to light — it seems the Administration knew all along about the invitation and Bibi did NOT “go behind their backs”:
Did the Obama Administration lie about Netanyahu?
The story began with a correction at the bottom of a New York Times story on January 30. This was picked up immediately by Breitbart and since then has been getting a bit of coverage on pro-Israel blogs.
But the questions remain:
Is it really true that the White House bald-face lied about the timing just to snub Netanyahu?
If it is true, why didn’t Netanyahu just say so?
Why is this not getting more coverage, at least in conservative and pro-Israel circles?
As Bibi (but not Boehner??) continues to come under pressure to cancel the speech, will this piece of truth come out or be disproved?
[Hat tip: Moshe Burt]