The “reason” given for President Obama’s refusal to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his upcoming visit to Washington is a policy stating that this president will not meet with a head of state during that country’s election year.
Of course to most this seems like more of an excuse than a reason, but be that as it may, the impact of the decision may be more beneficial to Netanyahu than Obama may have intended.
No one is blind to the fact that this president doesn’t particularly like Mr. Netanyahu and that this very same president seems to make a lot of policy not favoring Israel. Therefore being chummy with President Obama would likely do Prime Minister Netanyahu more harm than good politically. Therefore, it can only be surmised that this schism may actually help Mr. Netanyahu garnish the support he needs to remain Israel’s Prime Minister.
The tough thing about politics is that at this stage of the game we really don’t know what the intention is, and whether or not there is scheming going on behind the scenes. My guess is that if this does benefit Netanyahu it is purely an accidental by-product of an ugly disdain Obama has for him, but regardless of the intention, if it does help him, I for one am happy that it does. Therefore rather than being disappointed or angry that the President won’t meet with Netanyahu, I for one say thank you. Whether he wanted to or not, he may have helped someone who needs all the help he can get.
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