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4/9/2010

Netanyahu Will Skip Obama Nuclear Summit

Filed under: International,Obama — DRJ @ 2:48 am



[Guest post by DRJ]

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu will not attend President Obama’s 47-nation nuclear summit next week in Washington:

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled a planned trip to Washington next week for President Barack Obama’s 47-country nuclear security conference.

He made the decision after learning Egypt and Turkey intended to raise the issue of Israel’s assumed atomic arsenal at the meeting, a senior government official said on Friday.

Israel is believed to be the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, but has never confirmed or denied it. It has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
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Like India and Pakistan — both also slated to attend the NSS — Israel is outside the NPT and thus avoids mandatory international inspections of its nuclear facilities. Unlike them, it has not openly tested or deployed atomic weapons.”

In recent days, President Obama announced his new Nuclear Posture Review policy that commits not to use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear parties to the NPT, “even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons or launched a crippling cyberattack.” (A new Rasmussen poll shows most Americans are concerned about Obama’s policy: 55% oppose it, 25% approve, and 20% are undecided.) Perhaps Netanyahu is similarly concerned about the pressure Obama and other summit participants will exert on Israel to acknowledge its nuclear capabilities, recognize the NPT, and/or abide by Obama’s new policy.

The Obama Administration also announced it will not push India to sign the NPT or the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). But for that, I wonder if Prime Minister Singh might have been the next head of state to opt out … or if he still might.

— DRJ

41 Responses to “Netanyahu Will Skip Obama Nuclear Summit”

  1. — This cannot possibly look good to Obama’s American Jewish supporters.

    — One might think that the mostly-Sunni Egypt & Turkey would turn a worrisome eye towards their Shi’a “neighbor” (but hardly an ally), Iran.

    Icy Texan (6a2a76)

  2. Netanyahu knows this summit is a travesty. It’s a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham. **

    And he knows Obama won’t stand up for Israel when the muslim countries try to make it all about the Israeli nuclear weapons? It’s more likely Obama will apologize to the muslim countries for Israel’s nukes.

    Bibi’s mom didn’t raise no fool.

    ** Of course I bet Woody Allen voted for Obama.

    MU789 (00e597)

  3. “– This cannot possibly look good to Obama’s American Jewish supporters. ”

    At least the ones that are fans of Bibi.

    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    imdw (d8fa96)

  4. […] & VP Joe Biden’s “Slap in the Face” (video) Patterico’s Pontifications: Netanyahu Will Skip Obama Nuclear Summit and Jewish Donors “Concerned” and Obama’s New Nuclear Policy and More Obama “Civility” […]

    Disturbing Pattern Emerging Against Israel & Jews from Pres. Obama — Visas Now Denied to Israeli Nuclear Scientists « Frugal Café Blog Zone (a66042)

  5. Obama is not satisified disarming the US. He wants to disarm Israel to make it easy for Obama’s Wahabist friends to push Israel into the sea.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  6. He was supported by liberal Jewish voters in 2008 for the same reason those in New York supported David Dinkins first over Ed Koch and then over Rudy Giuliani as the first African-American mayor of New York in 1989. And they ended up with the same result — a weak chief executive who either couldn’t say no to the more anti-Semitic factions of his coalition or was in sympathy with those factions, and thought in his heart those pushy Jews should learn who’s running things now.

    Obama’s setting Israel up to be his Crown Heights, but at potentially a far higher cost. Crown Heights ended up pulling enough (but by no means all) liberal Jewish support away from Dinkins that Giulani was able to win the rematch in 1993, and we know how things went in the city after that. We’ll see if Obama’s hostility towards Israel does the same thing in 2012 (though hopefully, not in a rematch with McCain).

    John (b3a637)

  7. Why would Netanyahu’s supporters think this makes him look bad, imdw?

    JD (18e145)

  8. “And they ended up with the same result — a weak chief executive who either couldn’t say no to the more anti-Semitic factions of his coalition or was in sympathy with those factions, and thought in his heart those pushy Jews should learn who’s running things now.”

    Now they also have a white house seder.

    “Why would Netanyahu’s supporters think this makes him look bad, imdw?”

    It seems like you didn’t understand my post. Likely that is not the fault of your intellect, but mine.

    imdw (00d79d)

  9. This was Obama’s mindset a quarter century ago, and it hasn’t changed since;

    http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/images/nytint/docs/obama-s-1983-college-magazine-article/original.pdf

    ian cormac (22d531)

  10. imdw knows Jews.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  11. …and he hates him some Jews, oh yes.

    Dmac (21311c)

  12. “…and he hates him some Jews, oh yes.”

    Default postmodernist progressive position.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  13. Do you even have to know any jews in order not to reflexively associate them with specific positions regarding specific israeli politicians? Naaah. But it might help.

    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    imdw (a82328)

  14. I may be confused, but doesn’t the Senate have to ratify all treaties by a two-thirds vote? And, if so, is it a foregone conclusion that Obama will get those votes or can we hope that there’ll be more than 40 senators that will have enough sense to vote against this NPT? Thank you.

    DFWlady (111d16)

  15. Comment by imdw — 4/9/2010 @ 9:19 am

    translation….

    Some of my best friends are Jewish!

    AD - RtR/OS! (df5c90)

  16. Now they also have a white house seder.

    Comment by imdw — 4/9/2010 @ 6:59 am

    Ad agencies and PR firms the world over market products and use superfluous actions and images in hope of getting the proper reaction from enough of the public, in many cases governed by P.T. Barnum’s advance about the consumer. Unfortunately, the more he continues his current policy towards Israel, the less having Manischewitz product on the White House dining table ones every spring is going to keep him from losing Jewish voters (and donations) in 2012.

    John (8de657)

  17. “Ad agencies and PR firms the world over market products and use superfluous actions and images in hope of getting the proper reaction from enough of the public”

    You should read the story of how it came about. I was surprised that this is the first admin to have one.

    imdw (19cd35)

  18. Actually, imdw, you should read, period. I mean, other than whatever Talking Points you pick up with your pom-poms.

    Such a rude poseur.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  19. Oh, and I left out: crypto-anti-Semite, too.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  20. A few interesting quotes which these posts on the Nuclear Posture Review have thus far neglected to mention:

    “the president said in an interview that he was carving out an exception for “outliers like Iran and North Korea” that have violated or renounced the main treaty to halt nuclear proliferation.”

    “White House officials said the new strategy would include the option of reconsidering the use of nuclear retaliation against a biological attack, if the development of such weapons reached a level that made the United States vulnerable to a devastating strike.”

    “Mr. Obama rejected the formulation sought by arms control advocates to declare that the “sole role” of nuclear weapons is to deter a nuclear attack.”

    Leviticus (c3c9f4)

  21. Nice ad homs, by the way. Productive.

    Leviticus (c3c9f4)

  22. All the way around, sir. But I know you feel I am unfair, so we’ll just stipulate that we don’t much like each other and move on.

    Your posts, by the way, are polite and fair minded, and thus appreciated.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  23. “Oh, and I left out: crypto-anti-Semite, too.”

    You miss Nixon, don’t you?

    imdw (842182)

  24. No, I base that on your posts, imdw. It’s interesting to read them. I suspect you don’t consider what you write before you do so.

    But then, you just post to troll.

    How did that apology to DRJ go, by the way? Since you are so well informed and fair minded and all.

    I would take a million Leviticuses over you. He has a consistent world view, and will admit it when he writes something ill-conceived or incorrect. I don’t often agree with him, but I respect him.

    Not you, Pee-Wee! And that is based on your posts.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  25. You miss Nixon, don’t you?

    Fuck off, ya anti-Semitic little shitball.

    I notice this story referenced in Frugal Café’s pingback link above: Obama’s New Policy : All Israeli Nuclear Workers Now Refused US Visas, but don’t expect it to get much play in the all-Obama all-the-time cheerleading press.

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    EW1(SG) (edc268)

  26. “but don’t expect it to get much play in the all-Obama all-the-time cheerleading press.”

    Yes. Because “they” control the media. Have fun, Nixon fan.

    imdw (241c75)

  27. WFT does Nixon have to do with Netanyahu skipping the Barcky Nuclear Summit? I can understand why dimwit’s anti-semitism was mentioned, but Nixon?

    JD (3f3e6c)

  28. “Have fun, Nixon fan.”

    imdw – Carter hates him some Jooooos. Obama is starting to make this country remember Carter with fondness instead of revulsion. You miss Carter, don’t you, even though you weren’t alive during his presidency.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  29. Today’s AP headline:
    Canceled Netanyahu trip spotlights Israel nukes

    — That’s right. Now, it’s even MORE all about him. How . . . DARE he snub The Chosen One?!

    Icy Texan (67ae07)

  30. I’ll bet you are right, daley. There is a scent of a the sophomore about this person, in more ways than one.

    Except that I am insulting students in their second year of college by linking them to this Pee-Wee Hermann wannabe.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  31. I think that the Mighty O has confused the power granted by winning the finite game of “President of the USA” for a real power in the real infinite game “Living”. What’s worse, for both him and us, is that he doesn’t appear to be noticing that he is losing badly in that infinite game.

    Talking back to Palin? :facepalm:

    htom (412a17)

  32. Comment by imdw — 4/9/2010 @ 1:11 pm

    After repeatingly trying to call others anti-semitic, when the favor is returned, imdw just doubles down on it.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  33. “Except that I am insulting students in their second year of college by linking them to this Pee-Wee Hermann wannabe.”

    Do kids these days even know Pee Wee’s big adventure, much less quote it?

    imdw (842182)

  34. Nice diversion. Just a troll. And a deeply ignorant one.

    Please, since you understand the Health Care bill, would you write a long, long description of it, with references?

    I mean, since you understand it.

    And ask Patterico to post it.

    I think you don’t know a blessed thing outside of Wikipedia.

    So prove me wrong. Except you won’t. You will snark and run away, like the offensive and rude little troll you are.

    Again: prove me wrong. Remember—you are the one claiming to understand the ginormous foolish health care bill.

    Go away and educate us.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  35. Bibi smells a sandbagger. As noted above, his mama didn’t raise a fool

    Angelo (5df281)

  36. Why not just read the CRS summary?

    imdw (017d51)

  37. Note all of the effort this one has expended diverting this thread away from the topic.

    JD (3f3e6c)

  38. He’s done rather well, JD. Of 37 comments 26 are by, about, or to, him. Give credit where it’s due. He owns this thread.

    Machinist (9780ec)

  39. True dat. It is telling what topics get them all riled up.

    JD (3f3e6c)

  40. And really it all started with me talking about fans of bibi.

    imdw (017d51)

  41. Well, really, imdw, it is all about what a massive tool of the Democratic party you are. That is the common thread.

    Also a rude individual who still owes DRJ an apology.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)


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