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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel was not congratulated by President Obama this morning after the Israeli election. Presidential aide David Simas congratulated the people of Israel on their elections however conspicuously avoided congratulating Bibi.
We all get that the President was miffed at not only the congressional republicans for their invite to Bibi but at the Prime Minister as well. Who can really blame the President for being taken aback, especially as he was not consulted by Speaker Boehner before the invite. However, openly holding a grudge against the leader of our only real Mid East ally really makes little to no sense.
President Obama, as president of these United States surely should be more magnanimous and offer his congratulations. It certainly would prove him to be the bigger and better man.
From PJ Tatler>
Benjamin Netanyahu for his sweeping victory yesterday. Weekly Standard reports:
On CNN this morning, White House aide David Simas avoided congratulating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli elections. Instead, he would only congratulate the Israeli people on having an election.
“We want to congratulate the Israeli people for the democratic process for the election that they just engaged in with all the parties that engaged in that election. As you know now, the hard work of coalition building begins. Sometimes that takes a couple of weeks. And we’re going to give space to the formation of that coalition government and we’re not going to weigh in one way or another except to say that the United States and Israel have a historic and close relationship and that will continue going forward,” Simas said.
While Obama has had public differences with Netanyahu recently, in the past he has made efforts to congratulate leaders that have a much more adversarial relationship with the United States as well as shamefully undemocratic electoral processes.
The rest of the story and names of heads of state President Obama has congratulated continuesBELOW THE FOLD.