Efforts to Arrange a Meeting between President Rivlin and President Obama Fail

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obaThe White House has turned down efforts to arrange a meeting between President Barak Obama and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin.

Tensions have been running high between Jerusalem and Washington surrounding a planned appearance before the House of Representatives in March.

President Rivlin arrived in New York City for a visit on Sunday, 5 Shevat. Mr. Rivlin was invited by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to attend a special UN Holocaust memorial session.

While Rivlin was not scheduled to make a stopover in Washington, sources in the President’s Residence quoted in Israel say efforts were exerted to arrange a meeting between Mr. Rivlin and President Barak Obama, but the White House signaled such a meeting would take place at a later date. Had Mr. Obama agreed to the meeting, it would have been viewed as a slap in the face to the prime minister, who will not be meeting with Mr. Obama when he is in Washington.

Secretary of State John Kerry will also not be meeting with Mr. Netanyahu at that time. The senior officials explain the timing would be too close to Israeli elections and the meetings would be perceived as US interference in Israeli domestic affairs.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


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  1. Had Mr. Obama agreed to the meeting, it would have been viewed as a slap in the face to the prime minister

    And not meeting with the PM is not a slap in the face to the PM?! And this is not the first “slap in the face” to the PM and Israel from this Administration. And it won’t be the last either…

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