Two weeks after the shameful treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu by US President Obama, we hear that Netanyahu has decided at the last moment not to attend an upcoming nuclear security summit in Washington. The conference was being billed as a discussion of ways to deal with the danger of terrorist groups or states having access to nuclear weapons, but the PM’s office caught wind of plans by Egypt and Turkey to turn it into another occasion to pick at Israel, rather than addressing the issues.
And Noah Pollak in Commentary Magazine raises the larger question of why didn’t Obama, as host of the conference (let alone as a respected national leader) put a stop to any such shenanigans in the first place. Pollak suggests
There are two possible explanations, and I’m not sure which is more disturbing. Obama either welcomed the prospect of another humiliation of Netanyahu, or he was afraid to stand up to two Muslim leaders. Perhaps both are true.
So is Netanyahu snubbing Washington, or is it just prudent not to attend another bash-Israel fest? I have a good friend who loves to state both/and questions as either/ors, to which the obvious answer is supposed to be “yes.” So, to answer my own question – yes. However, Israel will be well represented at the conference. Just not Bibi.
By the way, as a reminder that a great many Americans continue to support Israel and its current administration, a related report cites Liz Cheney, daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney, as saying
President Obama is playing a reckless game of continuing down the path of diminishing America’s ties to Israel.
This was in addressing the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, where the announcement of Netanyahu’s decision not to come to Washington was met with a healthy round of applause.