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Maariv: Netanyahu won’t meet Clinton; ‘sources’ say she “isn’t relevant”

Do they honestly think that publicizing a quote like this, on record or off, works to their advantage?

Israeli diplomatic [euphemism for Prime Minister’s Office — DR] sources said: “Clinton isn’t relevant and is out of the circle of influence. Mitchell has taken over the peace process to a great extent and Obama, in any event, is the important person in this story because he is the one who decides.”

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Netanyahu to meet Obama, but not Clinton

Eli Bardenstein, Maariv, July 1 2010 [page 7; Hebrew original here and at bottom of post]

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to leave next week for Washington, where he will meet with US President Barack Obama. Rather curiously, he is not scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the course of his visit to Washington.

Contrary to his previous visit in March, this time the US administration intends to create the impression, outwardly at least, that the severe crisis in the relationship has passed and that the relations between the two countries are as strong as ever. In order to bolster that impression, the two leaders will meet the media together and will be photographed. As opposed to the previous time, Netanyahu will also be put up at Blair House, the official White House guesthouse, and not at a hotel.

That said, officials in Washington are waiting apprehensively for the answers that Netanyahu will provide in the course of the meeting, which is expected to address the transition from the proximity talks that are at an impasse to direct negotiations. Obama, apparently, will demand that Netanyahu agree to extend the construction freeze in Judea and Samaria beyond the September 26 expiration date in hope of securing PA Chairman Abu Mazen’s consent to begin direct talks with Israel. For the time being, the forum of seven is divided over this issue.

Netanyahu will also meet with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and with Vice President Joe Biden. As noted, he is not scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will be leaving for a tour of Europe at the same time. Israeli diplomatic sources said: “Clinton isn’t relevant and is out of the circle of influence. Mitchell has taken over the peace process to a great extent and Obama, in any event, is the important person in this story because he is the one who decides.”

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  1. Steve
    July 1, 2010 at 16:09

    This is disheartening. Barack Hussein Obama and his Democratic Congressional supporters desperately need this photo-up to alter the perception that Obama is anti-Israel, pro-Islam. Obama harbors sympathy for Israel’s inveterate enemies. November elections are approaching.

    We’ve been fighting this radical anti-Israel / pro-Islam bunch, hoping for a strong push-back by the voters. America is languishing (as are her allies) under this man’s oppressive rule and now we have Mr. Netanyahu coming to bolster Obama’s party’s chances in November. Quite honestly, I was relieved when Netanyahu chose to return to Israel over the flotilla incident. If if he is not interested in giving aid to Obama and his supporters, why doesn’t he remain in Jerusalem? This visit only redounds to Obama’s benefit. Obama wants a one on one meeting? Fine. He knows where to find the prime minister. Gates and Mitchell have both repeatedly visited Israel.

    Then there is the phone!

  2. ARTH
    July 1, 2010 at 23:30

    Good for Hilary. Who really wants to meet with Netanyahu?

  3. Gura
    July 2, 2010 at 10:04

    While the statement that Hillary is irrelevent is a little sophmoric in its literal content, Clinton has been squarely in Israel’s court since she, then first lady, was made to look like a fool by Suha Arafat back in 1999.

    Time is limited in such trips and depending on what the focus and intention of the trip is, a meeting with Clinton may very well be irrelevent to the agenda this time around.

  4. dickerson3870
    July 4, 2010 at 06:32

    RE: “Clinton isn’t relevant and is out of the circle of influence…” – Israeli diplomatic sources
    MY COMMENT: Does this mean Hillary Clinton will get the “kiddie chair” treatment like the Turkish ambassador was given back in January?

  5. Dave
    July 6, 2010 at 17:55

    Hillary deemed herself to be inconsequential and unworthy of respect by not leaving Bill when he got a BJ by Monica.
    Had she left him at once,she would be admired the world over.

  6. Joseph Pennington
    July 6, 2010 at 22:56

    Not relevant, to me, because she kow-tows to israel as though she ran aipac. It’s sad just to see netanpsycho comes to the US to begin with. But it’ll give about 515 of the 535 suck-ups an opportunity to show they put israel first, American 2nd.

  7. Hashadagoodmorningtoday
    July 7, 2010 at 02:24

    HAHAHAHAHAHA what a crack up, go sit in the corner hillary, let the men talk

  8. elona-llyn-shoshanna kidner-williams
    July 7, 2010 at 04:19

    Sara has given Bibi his instructions – she is travelling with him this time and she is getting to resemble a beached whale.

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