Okay, so Netanyahu shows up to the White House, right? Figuring that we’d still roll out the red carpet even though they basically spat in Joe Biden’s face, right?
Well, Obama, in a rare act of backbonedness for a Democrat, told the Prime Minister that there would be no more building in East Jerusalem. Netanyahu’s response? He tried to show Obama a flowchart of the approval process for new settlements and how he could have not possibly known.
Let’s face it folks, a flowchart would worked on Bush.
Obama said, “No Dinner for You!”
Or, even better, the reality:
“I’m still around, let me know if there is anything new.”
Then he went off to have dinner in private, among civilized people.
The Israelis, of course, went ballistic. They freaked out so bad they went and slept in the Israeli Embassy. They were so use to getting whatever the fuck they wanted, they couldn’t comprehend assfucking our Vice President trying to start peace talks would have consequences.
But, this, this pissed me off:
Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’
Giles Whittell, Washington, and James Hider, Jerusalem, Times Online
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”.
Fuck the what?
What the fuck has Equatorial Guinea ever done to anybody?
You elitist bastards, why should you be treated better than them? They actually got their shit together, in Africa, not always an easy feat.
I think this “another”, who of course goes unnamed, was a little off in their geography.
the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for a President of South Africa from the 80s.”
When all else fails….
The Israelis don’t want to even talk about giving up their nukes, so they use the Palestinians as a pretext for creating a diplomatic incident.
This way Bibi kills two birds with one stone: he buys time for the settlement construction and creates an excuse to stay out of the NPT conference.
It’s not a bad play as long as Obama confines his protests to ceremonial dinner invitations. The question becomes whether Obama has the guts to back up his gastrointestinal dramatics with real action.