A New York Times best-selling author says he has
uncovered the real reason President Obama has snubbed Israel's
Edward Klein, whose new
book The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White
House was released earlier this year, believes Obama has
been a rank amateur on foreign policy, especially considering the
way he turned down Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
request for a meeting to discuss the Iranian nuclear threat.
"The president of the United States turned down Bibi Netanyahu's
request and instead agreed to meet with Mohamad Morsi, the
president of Egypt, where our embassy is under assault," Klein
He has learned that Obama campaign manager, David Axelrod, nixed
an Obama-Netanyahu meeting because he was concerned the prime
minister would feel obligated to also meet with Republican
challenger Mitt Romney, who happens to be an old friend of
"He did not want to see a photograph of the president and
Netanyahu having a chilling meeting, while the same newspapers
would run photographs of Netanyahu meeting with Romney and warmly
embraced," Klein concludes.
In a Fox News commentary, Klein writes that
the Obama campaign operation is convinced that Netanyahu is
grossly interfering in the American presidential election.
"Netanyahu, according to their theory, wants Romney to win the
election because he shares Netanyahu's hawkish views on Iran," he
states. "What's more, the Israeli prime minister's constant
complaints about America's approach to Iran are viewed by Axelrod
& Co. as an effort to portray Obama as a weak leader."
Obama's "brushoff" of Netanyahu, says Klein, was purely
political -- not diplomatic.