The White House said President Obama is unable to meet with the Israeli prime minister due to scheduling problems, an explanation roundly regarded as implausible. The decision came on the heels of growing American and Israeli differences on setting ‘red lines’ for Iran’s nuclear program that would trigger a U.S. military response if they were crossed. Also at play here are efforts by Netanyahu to use the U.S. presidential election as leverage to force the Obama administration to take a tougher approach to Iran. LIGNET believes the snub of Netanyahu was a serious misstep by the Obama administration that is likely to be reversed due to heavy pressure from congressional Democrats and foreign policy experts.
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