White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday that the “president” did not congratulate Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his decisive election victory--not this time, nor the time before.Earnest said, “The President at this point has not telephoned Prime Minister Netanyahu...On one hand, the dark side appears to be dealt a human setback with the Israeli elections. In journalism, we are supposed to write about the facts.
In both situations, in the aftermath of both elections, the President did not telephone Prime Minister Netanyahu until he’d already been directed by the Israeli President to begin the process of forming a coalition government.” Telephoning is not necessarily congratulating.
This coincides with reports that the “president” walked out of a meeting with Netanyahu to make him think about the error of his ways while the “president” had dinner with his wife in March 2010.
While there are various accounts of this report, the “president” demonstrated his disappointment in Netanyahu by not taking a joint picture for the media during that visit.
Specifically, there has been a lot of coverage in the media about some of the rhetoric that emerged yesterday that was propagated by the Likud Party to encourage turnout of their supporters that sought to, frankly, marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens.
The United States and this administration is deeply concerned by divisive rhetoric that seeks to marginalize Arab-Israeli citizens.