This is not going to be a cordial get together. That said, all Bibi has to do is feign some kind of compliance on some level during the meetings, smile, then afterwards drag his feet and wait for the 2012 elections, and hope for a Republican to assume the office of president. The vote in the General Assembly will be difficult for Israel, but there are bigger issues at stake here, not being forced into a devastating deal with an immensely weak, anti-Israel president presiding. KGS
Obama and Netanyahu, Distrustful Allies, to Meet
WASHINGTON — As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel heads to the White House on Friday for the seventh meeting since President Obama took office, the two men are facing a turning point in a relationship that has never been warm.
For his part, Mr. Netanyahu has complained that Mr. Obama has pushed Israel too far — a point driven home during a furious phone call with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday morning, just hours before Mr. Obama’s speech, during which the prime minister reacted angrily to the president’s plan to endorse Israel’s pre-1967 borders for a future Palestinian state.
Mr. Obama did not back down. But the last-minute furor highlights the discord as they head into what one Israeli official described as a “train wreck” coming their way: a United Nations General Assembly vote on Palestinian statehood in September.
Mr. Netanyahu, his close associates say, desperately wants Mr. Obama to use the diplomatic muscle of the United States to protect Israel from the vote, not only by vetoing it in the Security Council, but also by leaning hard on America’s European allies to get them to reject it as well.