White House Plans Ways to Snub Israeli Prime Minister

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to come to Washington, and House Speaker John Boehner has invited him to speak at a joint session of Congress. The White House is scrambling to come up with ways to snub Netanyahu in his ongoing grudge match with President Obama.

Netanyahu and the president have been locking horns since the last presidential election. Netanyahu criticized the president and didn't support him for re-election. Since then, the president has jumped on any opportunity to take pot shots back.

The invitation for Netanyahu to speak was taken by the White House and the Democratic Party as a slap in the president’s face. The prime minister will be speaking about Iran and why a nuclear deal would be a bad deal for not only Israel, but the world. The speech comes right at a time when the president is working on a nuclear deal with Iran, which makes it even more appear to be a plot to undercut the president.

President Obama will not be at the joint session, but he’s not going to hold his tongue. He plans to have his own say. He will be giving multiple interviews on Sunday, March 2, the day before the joint session in congress. He's also refused to meet with Netanyahu, claiming it would be inappropriate to do so when Israel's elections are so close.

So far, many key Democrats have found themselves conveniently busy the day Netanyahu is slated to speak. Vice President Joe Biden will be out of town, refusing to attend, and Secretary of State John Kerry is apparently also looking to ensure his schedule will be full.

Cabinet members are expected to be dispatched out of the country for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, which will leave lower-ranking officials to attend than would normally be expected.

Why not just cut to the chase, hand them a couple of pairs of gloves and put them in the ring? Perhaps then, the government can get back to business.

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