The Obama Administration seems to be shocked and surprised at Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement to cancel his trip to America, and not surprisingly, explained that they had found out about the decision on the news. Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, released a statement,
“We were looking forward to hosting the bilateral meeting, and we were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit.”
The news that the Prime Minister of Israel will not be coming to the visit with Barack Obama should not come as a surprise considering Obama’s views and actions towards Israel since coming to the national political stage.
As president, Obama proclaimed that the return of the 1967 borders in Israel would be the, “Starting point,” for peace in the Middle East. The problem with a return to the 1967 borders, is that it would leave Israel in a position that it would be unable to defend itself.
In 2010, Obama left a meeting with Netanyahu to have dinner with his family. The Prime Minister was left to wait patiently in a White House meeting room while Obama had supper with Michelle and his two girls.
In February of 2015, during a time in which Obama was negotiating for Iran to have the capability to obtain nuclear weapons, Netanyahu traveled to the United States to plead before Congress not to accept the deal. During the negotiations between Obama and the theocracy of Iran, Iranian leaders were using social media to promise the destruction of Israel within 25 years. Obama attempted to undermine the remarks that the Israeli leader gave by telling reporters, “Nothing new here.”
In October of 2015 Obama gave specific instructions for the State Department to not attend a United Nations assembly in which the Prime Minister was scheduled to speak. From the Jewish Press:
“President Barack Obama instructed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to be absent from the U.N. General Assembly during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech Thursday night.”
The list of disrespectful actions from President Obama towards his counterpart in Israel continues, but at the very least, it should be unsurprising when the administration hears the statement that Netanyahu has canceled his scheduled trip to America.
Furthermore, it should be unsurprising that the administration is still relying on the news as the source for all of its information. From Fast and Furious to the IRS scandal, Barack Obama is continuously learning about the events of the world, not from the less than half of his intelligence briefings that he actually bothers to attend, but from some “folks” on the news.