I remember all of this rhetoric during the 2008 campaign about how eloquent and well spoken Obama is. I remember all of this rhetoric since about how unlike Bush, Obama is actually willing to talk to foreign leaders and treat them with respect. I’ve actually had people tell me how much Obama has improved our foreign relations.
And this is how he treats one of our closest allies.
For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.
After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.
“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”.
Left to talk among themselves Mr Netanyahu and his aides retreated to the Roosevelt Room. He spent a further half-hour with Mr Obama and extended his stay for a day of emergency talks to try to restart peace negotiations. However, he left last night with no official statement from either side. He returned to Israel yesterday isolated after what Israeli media have called a White House ambush for which he is largely to blame.
Allahpundit at Hot Air offers his $0.02:
I’d like to believe that this isn’t pure vindictiveness at work, that there’s an element of political strategy in it — e.g., weakening Bibi at home in order to create a more centrist coalition government, perhaps — but if I were an Israeli, I’d be so enraged that I’d want to rally behind him. So if there’s a strategy, it seems awfully stupid.
[T]he list of demands he gave Netanyahu, includ[ed] “an end to Israeli building projects in east Jerusalem.” He certainly is the strong horse, isn’t he? Not with Iran, for whom we’re preparing to water down sanctions yet again because the colossus of the age can’t persuade China and Russia to agree to anything harsher. But with Israel? Strong as they come. The left will claim that he’s doing it in the interests of peace, per the theory that a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians will have some sort of domino effect against Islamist regimes that exploit the Palestinian issue, but how it advances peace to force Israel into shows of weakness is beyond me.
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit offers a brief outline of Obama’s past involvements with anti-semitic and anti-Israel people and groups:
(Top left clockwise) Barack and Michelle Obama and radical Leftist anti-Israel Professor Edward Said at a May 1998 Arab community event in Chicago at which Edward Said gave the keynote speech. (Bill Baar’s West Side), Former PLO operative and close friend of the Obama’s Rashid Khalidi, Barack Obama and his racist minister Jeremiah Wright, and close terrorist friend William Ayers.
And this little comment is a gem:
Reader Michael G. added:
It is funny how all the things conservatives worried about pre-election, which were poopoo-ed by the media, seem to be coming to fruit in the Obama administration.
Actually, it’s much worse than we thought.
So for the record here, the Eloquent One has managed to snub the Prime Minister of one of our greatest allies, which happens to be one of the few democratic nations in the Middle East, because he felt that an announcement that said Prime Minister had nothing to do with snubbed him.
What a narcissist.
This should be considered as part of a trend. Let’s not forget Obama’s snubbing of the King of Norway when he was awarded his Nobel Prize for not being George Bush. And let’s also forget his utterly weak responses to Iran, and his support of the illegal attempt by a Communist to take over Honduras.
History should treat Obama as the diplomat that he is — poorly.