As The Times of London reported during his visit to Washington in March 2010, Netanyahu was "left to his own devices" while the president had dinner in private -- something The Times called "unheard of."
"After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr. Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr. Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and 'let me know if there is anything new.'"
The Times added, "One Israeli newspaper called the meeting 'a hazing in stages,' poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line."
Netanyahu is to meet President Obama at the White House Friday, and will address a large gathering of American supporters on Sunday followed by a joint meeting of Congress next Tuesday. He needs to be treated with the respect due to an official of a valued ally.
One publication, Israel Today, warns that the historic alliance between the U.S. and its principal ally in the Middle East has cooled since the advent of the Obama administration, which seems to overlook Israel's precarious position in an area where it is all but surrounded by enemies dedicated to its utter destruction.
Israel Today reports that a former top official in the U.S. intelligence community, speaking on condition of anonymity, is convinced "that the Obama administration is about to break America's long ties of friendship with Israel, and maybe even take steps toward the dissolution of the Jewish State."
The administration is preparing to "provide more support to Arab countries [with] financial and military aid, undercutting Israel's defense efforts all while pushing Israel to succumb to the pressure of unreasonable demands designed to end with their political annihilation as a nation," the source remarked; Obama's effort is likely to be subtle, and implemented over several years.
This is nothing less than an abomination. In Israel we have just one reliable ally in one of the world's most explosive areas, and America can ill afford do allow its chief executive to treat the Jewish state shoddily.