Israel’s Donald Trump Cancels Meeting With President Obama

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The New York Times reports that Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled a trip to Washington:

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Monday that he would not attend the conference because he had not been offered a meeting with Mr. Obama. The White House later dispatched a spokesman for the National Security Council to insist that it was Mr. Netanyahu who had turned down a chance to meet with the president.

….“We were looking forward to hosting the bilateral meeting, and we were surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit,” the spokesman, Ned Price, said on Monday. Mr. Price said that the Israeli government had requested a meeting on March 17 or 18, and that White House officials had offered one on the 18th.

Maybe we’ve had this wrong all the time. Donald Trump isn’t the American version of Silvio Berlusconi. He’s the American version of Bibi Netanyahu.

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