White House Brainstorms Bibi Snubs — Will Admin Play Its Trumps?

by Robert Naiman, Huffington Post, 2/23/2015

AP reports that the White House is now brainstorming more ways that they could undercut Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress on March 3, in which Netanyahu is expected to attack President Obama and U.S.-European efforts to reach a diplomatic agreement with Iran. Among the options being considered:

a presidential interview with a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu, multiple Sunday show television appearances by senior national security aides and a pointed snub of America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, which is holding its annual meeting while Netanyahu is in Washington, according to the officials.

… the White House is now doubling down on a cold-shoulder strategy, including dispatching Cabinet members out of the country and sending a lower-ranking official than normal to represent the administration at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the officials said.

A great place to start would be for the White House to ask Congressional Democrats to skip Netanyahu’s speech….

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