White House Denies Snubbing Israeli Prime Minister
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- 2012 Sep 12
The White House has denied reports that President Obama refuses to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly later this month, according to CBN News. Multiple Israeli newspapers reported that Netanyahu asked to meet with Obama, but the White House allegedly said the president was too busy and would not be in the city during that time. However, administration officials say such reports are untrue. "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," the White House said in a statement. Meanwhile, Netanyahu -- who has met with Obama on all his U.S. trips since 2009 -- has criticized Washington's refusal to give details of what would provoke a U.S.-led military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. "Those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before Iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before Israel," Netanyahu said. He added that peaceful methods are not working and Iran is getting closer to acquiring a nuclear weapon, comments that generated more speculation about Israel planning an attack of its own.