The UK Telegraph is reporting that President Barack Obama treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a series of "humiliations" earlier this week when he visited the White House.
"There is no humiliation exercise that the Americans did not try on the prime minister and his entourage," Israel's Maariv newspaper reported. "Bibi received in the White House the treatment reserved for the president of Equatorial Guinea."
Upon arrival, Obama reportedly presented Netanyahu with a list of "13 demands designed both to the end the feud with his administration and to build Palestinian confidence ahead of the resumption of peace talks. Key among those demands was a previously-made call to halt all new settlement construction in east Jerusalem."
Soon after presenting the demands, and when Netanyahu did not immediately agree to the demands, Obama stood up and announced: "I'm going to the residential wing to have dinner with Michelle and the girls." He then left Prime Minister Netanyahu for over an hour! As he left, Obama reportedly told Netanyahu to "consider the error of his ways":
As he left, Mr Netanyahu was told to consider the error of his ways. "I'm still around," Mr Obama is quoted by Israel's Yediot Ahronot newspaper as having said. "Let me know if there is anything new."
This kind of behavior is just unbelievable! Israel is one of the best friends America has ever had. We have been their staunchest ally, and President Obama has embarrassed our nation by treating Netanyahu in this way. Regardless of what disagreements they may have, shouldn't the Prime Minister have been offered dinner if Obama was going to have dinner? That's not even good basic manners, as most Americans would see it. Instead, he leaves Netanyahu while he goes off to eat, scolding Netanyahu and pressuring him to accede to his demands.
Netanyahu is not the type to be bullied. Obama's "Chicago Way" tactics might work on House Democrats, but it won't work on Netanyahu. Obama owes Netanyahu an apology. But that is not likely to ever happen.