Kerry Also Won’t Meet With Netanyahu During US Visit

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement during a press conference before their talk at the prime minist... FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2014 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a statement during a press conference before their talk at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem. Nine months of U.S.-driven diplomacy have left Israelis and Palestinians less hopeful than ever about a comprehensive peace agreement to end their century of conflict. Although a formula may yet be found to somehow prolong the talks past an end-of-April deadline, they are on the brink of collapse and the search is already on for new ideas. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool, File) MORE LESS
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Like President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry won’t meet with Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu when he comes to Washington, D.C., in March to address Congress at House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation.

According to Reuters, the State Department said that Kerry wouldn’t meet with Netanyahu because of the March 17 Israeli elections. Netanyahu will address Congress on Iran on March 3. The department also confirmed to TPM that Kerry and the prime minister would not meet.

The White House gave the same explanation earlier Wednesday for why Obama would not meet with Netanyahu.

Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu, extended without consultation with the White House, has proven contentious. The White House has called it a breach of diplomatic protocol, and experts told TPM that it was an “unprecedented” rebuke of Obama.

Daniel Strauss contributed to this report.

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  1. Good for Obama and Kerry.

    I’m deeply troubled by the ever-increasing power of the extreme right in Israel. It would be a good thing if Netanyahu lost the election and the government moved at least a hair to the left. In any case, shame on the Republicans for helping him in his campaign and for working to sabotage nuclear-control negotiations with Iran.

  2. Kerry’s trademark awkward “bro hug” would only end up looking like he was embracing a porcupine. He wanted to spare himself that.

  3. Ouch! Now, I would like to see a majority of the Democratic Congress-people not show up for the big speech. I’m not talking about a boycott-- definitely not. Democrats should simply become busy with other things: a fundraising event, a visiting aunt, etc., etc. The end result would be to demonstrate that the Netanyahu invitation is a purely partisan farce.

  4. The last time Netanyahu addressed Congress, the GOP openly prostrated themselves in front of him and just about expressed willingness to be subjugated by a foreign leader over our own democratically elected one. That was pretty humiliating.

  5. Avatar for chammy chammy says:

    I am ROTFLMAO and enjoying it beyond words

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