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September 11th, 2012
05:21 PM ET

White House rejects Netanyahu meeting

(CNN) - Israeli sources tell CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the White House rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to meet with President Obama later this month to discuss Iran’s nuclear program.

On CNN’s “The Situation Room,” Blitzer reports that the Israelis were told a meeting isn’t possible because the President’s schedule won’t permit it, even when the Israelis offered to have the Prime Minister come to Washington from New York, where he will be addressing the United Nations.

The White House is pushing back, saying the President and Prime Minister simply won’t be in New York at the same time, but this is the tip of the iceberg in a much bigger disagreement over Iran’s suspected quest for nuclear weapons.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Benjamin Netanyahu • Iran • Israel • Nuclear • White House • Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Jenny Santalucia

    All during the Bush administration anyone that dared to criticize the war in Iraq or any foreign policy decision was called a traitor and unpatriotic by the Republicans. Now we have Romney, with absolutely no foreign policy credentials, jumping on news stories before we have all the facts. I for one am sick and tired of one of the smalles countries, Israel, which gets huge amounts of money and arms from this country, dictating policy to the United States. If President Obama cannot met with the Prime Minister, so be it. Would there be hundred of comments if he was unable to meet with the leader of any other country at this time, I doubt it.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  2. Ted

    So Israel thinks Romney will play nicer than Obama with them? Good luck with that. Israel has a mess on its hands and its not atomic. Someday these people must learn to live with each other or die in the attempt. Its up to them, I wish they would quit dragging the world into their mess.

    September 14, 2012 at 8:11 am |
  3. John

    I guess the truth and UN resolution1618 doesn`t matter

    September 14, 2012 at 2:07 am |
  4. Doug Ericson

    I am not sure exactly what Mr. Netanyahu wants the Uniteds States to do exactly, but one could guess he wants us to help him bomb some Nuclear facilities in Iran. Why such a desperate outcry from Netanyahu so close to the election? Is he trying to tilt the election in Romney's favor?

    September 12, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • Marry

      Doug, you bet he wants to influence the US election! Benjamin Netanyahu is a bully and wants to press the President into a decision that he has underhandedly already talked about to Romney. We can only be thankful that the President is sovereign, smart, intelligent, and classy and he can’t be pushed around! He has America’s best interest at heart and does not risk the life of people frivolously! There are times to talk to the Prime Minister – but not when the Arab world is in thermal uproar anyway! The Prime Minister wants to pure oil in the fire? Apparently so…I see a few very short sited people here tonight…

      November cannot come fast enough to stop this GOP/TP “war” madness!
      President Obama and a strait Dem ticket 2012!!!

      September 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
  5. Leguftek

    So let me see...he's got plenty of time for bear hugging pizza men and election fund raisers, but no time for Netanyahu?? Wake up folks.....this Obama dude has pulled the ultimate ruse on the America people and he wants you to fall for it again. Please show him with your vote that your not that stupid....twice!

    September 12, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  6. Joan

    Mitt Romney is trying so hard to seem like he understands foreign affairs and would be a tough leader. However, running off his mouth before details were released is a typical Republican response to such situations. Speak first and think later. It is disgusting that he was trying to make political points over a tragic event. The administration was on top of this and troops are on the way to the area right now. If the Republicans try to politicize this whole event they can make it worse. Maybe that is their plan. People are forgetting the guy who started this whole thing. The person who made the film must have known how it might enrage the Muslim world. Maybe that was his plan too. He needs to be held accountable for his part in the violence and deaths too. As far as the reporting by the media yesterday about the Obama administration rejecting an offer to meet with the Prime Minister goes, this is not surprising. The media does exactly what Romney did and jumps to conclusions and reports rumours before really knowing the facts. I wouldn't be surprized if this untruth was "leaked" by a Republican source. It has happened before. Please fact check before trying to stir up controversies. I hope the media doesn't lose sight of what has really happened in Egypt and Libyia and doesn't make matters worse with over the top, hysterical and untrue reporting which could make everything much worse.

    September 12, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  7. joshua

    This president hates Israel. He bows down to his Muslim bretheren but can't find 30 minutes to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel? November can't get here soon enough.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • Marry

      …right Joshua! November cannot come fast enough to stop this GOP/TP “war” madness! We will say “NO” to the party of “NO”!! What is it? Congress is at a 12% approval rating? Joshua, do the math!

      September 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
  8. kevin

    Too busy running for president to be president. If he has given up already, why shouldn't we. Time to change horses, America.

    September 11, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • Sean

      I have to agree...what President Obama has done is inexcusable.

      September 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  9. rs1201

    He doesn't have time to meet with Netanyahu but he has time to meet with beyonce and JayZ...whoever these people are..

    September 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  10. kay

    Netanyahu is a blowhard and a bully. We do not need to get in another war. Without the US aid he wouldnot be flapping his jaws and talking war. He doesn't have a problem spying and stealing from US. He keeps begging for the release of his spy.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  11. S. Chase

    Let's see – The US Embassy in Cairo has been stormed, the American Flag ripped down, burned and replaced by the Black Flag of Islamists- plus the the US Consulate in Libya has been set on fire and Wolf Blizter and CNN are discussing a NYT's article blaming President Bush for letting 9/11 happen ???? While America is being attacked in Egypt and Libya, CNN is campaigning for President Obama with coverage of President Clinton in Miami, and the White House has announced that President Obama is too busy to meet with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hmmmmm.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  12. Jan

    The President's "schedule" won't permit a meeting with the leader of Israel?
    All this guy has been doing is fundraising and campaigning. Perhaps it's time he actually stay in Washington and do the job he was elected to do. Could it be any more obvious why many people think the Obama gang is anti-Israel? All they have gotten from this crowd is snubs.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm |

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