Three Fundraisers for Obama Tomorrow; No Meeting with Netanyahu
7:32 PM, Sep 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is scheduled to attend three campaign fundraisers tomorrow, according to the White House. All three events are in Washington, D.C.:
Yet Obama is not scheduled tomorrow to meet with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who reportedly requested a meeting with the president and was denied.
Netanyahu will be in New York City, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly. But reports indicate that Netanyahu offered to travel--and take the short 40 minute flight from New York to Washington just to see the president.
"The White House declined Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request on Tuesday to meet U.S. President Barack Obama during a UN conference in New York at the end of the month," Haaretz reported.
The Israeli daily added: "An official in Jerusalem said that the Prime Minister's Office sent the White House a message stating that although Netanyahu will spend only two and a half days on U.S. soil, he is interested in meeting Obama and is willing to travel to the U.S. capital specifically for that purpose. The official added that the White House rejected the request and said that at this time Obama's schedule does not allow for a meeting."
White House spokesman Jay Carney indicated earlier today that Netanyahu could expect a courtesy phone call from President Obama on Friday.
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