I love Haaretz. In addition to the American news sources I read, Haaretz is one of the two Israeli news sources I consult every day. In this case, however, their sources were in error when they reported that Obama has refused to meet with Netanyahu in New York when the Prime Minister is scheduled to speak at a U.N. Conference.
According to both the White House and the Prime Minister’s office, no such request was made. While Netanyahu is working on getting his own country behind his approach to the threats from Iran, he and Obama continue to work on the Iran issue behind closed doors, which is probably better than discussing national security issues in public, just like every other past President has. Here’s the statement from the White House press office on their call this morning.
Washington, D.C. President Obama spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu for an hour tonight as a part of their ongoing consultations. The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues. President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their determination to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and agreed to continue their close consultations going forward. Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied.