Benjamin Netanyahu may soon get the message. Obama doesn't have time to meet with the Israeli Prime Minister while he's in the U.S this week. The President won't draw a "red-line" boundary to stop Iran's quest of nuclear weapons. Last March, Obama "disgraced" Netanyahu by walking out and leaving him alone at the White House as he retired to a private dinner.
And, now this.
In an interview aired September 23 by CBS 60 Minutes, Steve Kroft asked the President, "How much pressure have you been getting from Prime Minister Netanyahu to make up your mind to use military force in Iran?"
Obama answered, "Well, look, I have conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu all the time." And, added the obligatory statement that Iran "should not obtain a nuclear weapon." But, Obama never said he would step in to stop Iran, or unconditionally defend Israel.
So, Kroft tried again. "You don't feel any pressure from Prime Minister Netanyahu in the middle of a campaign to try to get you to change your policy and draw a line in the sand? You don't feel any pressure?"
Obama replied as cold as ice with an insulting dismissiveness, "I am going to block out any noise that's out there."
Noise? Netanyahu's plea for the U.S. to stand by her side in the face of sworn existential threats from Iran to wipe the Jewish state from the face of the earth is perceived as "noise" by the American Commander-in-Chief.
The Tehran Times noted Obama's comments with a gleeful, "Obama says Israel's call for drawing a red line over Iran's nuclear energy program is just 'noise' he tries to ignore."
If that wasn't enough, Obama added a discharging, condescending final comment that Israel is "one of our closest allies in the region." Really? Who are all the other ones? Which nation trumps America's allegiance to Israel in the Middle East?
If he didn't already, Netanyahu has to be thinking, "With friends like that, who needs enemies?"