President Has Open Afternoon Schedule, But Refuses to Meet With Netanyahu
12:13 PM, Sep 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
After a light day of campaigning today in Virginia, President Barack Obama returns to the White House at 2:10 p.m., according to the president's public schedule. Obama has nothing else on his schedule for the remainder of the day.
Yet, according to the White House, President Obama still has no intention of meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was not able to get the meeting with Obama he requested. Netanyahu is in America for the United Nations General Assembly.
But Obama may allow for time to talk on the phone with Netanyahu tomorrow.
Considering his open schedule today, it would seem that Obama has time at least to talk on the phone with Netanyahu today, if not to meet with him.
While Obama is campaign in the early afternoon, Netanyahu will be addressing the United Nations. "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to deliver a fiery address to the United Nations Thursday calling on the international community to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. The speech, aimed as much at the Obama administration as the Israeli public, is expected to lay down for the first time in detail the ‘red lines’ that Israel will not allow Iran to cross, the Israeli newspaper Maariv reported Tuesday," the Hill reports.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is sitting down with Netanyahu later today, at 7 p.m., in New York City.