That’s part of the title of a piece from The Times regarding this week’s visit by Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House.
Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’
For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.
After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.
Sources said that Mr Netanyahu failed to impress Mr Obama with a flow chart purporting to show that he was not responsible for the timing of announcements of new settlement projects in east Jerusalem. Mr Obama was said to be livid when such an announcement derailed the visit to Israel by Joe Biden, the Vice-President, this month and his anger towards Israel does not appear to have cooled.
“The Prime Minister leaves America disgraced, isolated and altogether weaker than when he came,” the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz said. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t…
I am sure there are people who will denounce the President’s conduct as graceless or undiplomatic. I doubt, though, that the President was amused by the treatment his Vice President received. I am further sure he did not appreciate hearing around the time of the meeting that more construction had been approved despite the fancy flowcharts.
Where this all goes from here will be interesting. But, anyone who thinks this President lacks spine needs to imagine being left to cool your heels after being dumped for a private dinner.