Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been snubbed and insulted by Democrats in Congress recently, but he just gave them a taste of their own medicine.
Two prominent liberal senators had invited Netanyahu to a private meeting during his visit. However, it was just announced that the offer has been rejected by the Israeli leader.
The prime minister stated that meeting with Sens. Dick Durbin and Dianne Feinstein “at this time could compound the misperception of partisanship regarding my upcoming visit.”
That response could be seen as a slap in the face to the White House, which used essentially the same argument to criticize Netanyahu’s visit.
Netanyahu plans to address all of Congress on the importance of sanctions against Iran, which is pursing a potentially deadly nuclear program.
However, Democrats made the bizarre claim that Netanyahu’s visit was somehow insulting to President Obama, and many have said they will boycott the prime minister’s speech.
“I regret that the invitation to address the special joint session of Congress has been perceived by some to be political or partisan,” Netanyahu wrote in a response to the Democrat senators.
“I can assure you that my sole intention in accepting it was to voice Israel’s grave concerns about a potential nuclear agreement with Iran that could threaten the survival of my country,” he continued (H/T Viral.buzz).
You can read his letter in its entirety here:
Once again, the Obama administration and other Democrats in Washington have shown that they are political lightweights when it comes to international relations.
Netanyahu is right: A nuclear-armed Iran could threaten the future of his country and the rest of the world. But instead of putting aside partisan politics for one hour to listen to the prime minister’s plea, Democrats have bungled the entire situation.
Israel has been one of America’s closest allies for decades, but it looks like liberals are doing everything they can to undermine that friendship.