OBAMA BOWED TO SAUDI KING BUT REFUSES TO SHAKE HANDS WITH BENJAMIN NETANYAHU IN PUBLIC
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 30, 2010) — When Obama bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia a year ago, the photo of his genuflecting to a foreign head of state who allows the stoning, disfiguring and murdering of women and girls for “dishonoring” their families was widely circulated. Obama has spent millions of taxpayer dollars to appease the Muslim world by repeatedly visiting countries such as Indonesia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. While in Egypt last year, he gave a speech from a famous mosque, even quoting from the Koran.
Obama’s campaign website had insisted that “Barack Obama has never been Muslim and never practiced Islam.” However, when Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel came to discuss Israeli-Palestinian relations last week, Obama walked out on Netanyahu after a half-hour to have dinner with his family, telling him, “I’m still around. Let me know if there is anything new.”
No photographers or press were allowed at the meeting, and no one from the White House or State Department made a public comment after its conclusion. A State Department spokesman was quoted only as saying, “We are not going to talk about the precise steps both sides have to take. We will continue to discuss those steps privately.”
According to Israeli National News, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “has demanded that Israel stop all building for Jews in the areas, which also include parts of southern and northern Jerusalem where 300,000 Jews live, almost all of them in totally Jewish neighborhoods.” The statement is in contrast to that which Clinton reportedly made at a conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on March 22, 2010: “For President Obama, for me, and for this entire administration, our commitment to Israel’s security and Israel’s future is rock solid.”
The issue of Jewish settlements has Netanyahu and Obama at odds, and an announcement was made while the two were meeting that a project to construct an apartment building in eastern Jerusalem had received final approval. According to a CBS News report, the Palestinians view eastern Jerusalem as “the capital of a future state,” and “When Israel builds new settlements, it turns not just the Palestinians, but the entire Arab world against U.S. foreign policy.”
Members of Congress received Netanyahu much more cordially than did the putative president. Both Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and John Boehner (R-OH) met with Netanyahu and issued supportive public statements prior to Netanyahu’s meeting with Obama the next day.
Obama had postponed a trip to Indonesia and Southeast Asia due to the health care debate two weeks ago which is now rescheduled.