Originally posted on Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog:
UPDATED: Signaling a new low in U.S.-Israeli relations – especially with a possible major war in the Middle East so close at hand — President Obama turned down two possibilities for a personal meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli premier comes to the U.S. later this month. Obama aides say the President simply doesn’t have time on his schedule for Netanyahu. The President reportedly will have time to appear on “The Late Show” with David Letterman while he’s at the U.N. meetings, however. A Wall Street Journal editorial on Wednesday morning said the White House message to Israel seems to be, “You’re on your own, pal.”
In some of his strongest comments to date (comments that struck me as suggesting the Israeli leader may be so fed up with the White House that he is ready to go it alone against Iran), Netanyahu told reporters on Tuesday that because the international community refuses to set “red lines” for Iran’s nuclear program or even a deadline for diplomacy and economic sanctions to be effective or be terminated, the world has “no moral right” to tell the Israeli government it cannot take military action to defend her people.
On Wednesday night at the opening of the 2012 Epicenter Conference, I will speak on the “State of the Epicenter,” discuss the implications of these tensions between the American and Israeli leader, and analyze how close Israel and Iran are to an actual war. The conference will be webcast live at 9pm eastern at www.epicenterconference.com. It will also be available for viewing on-demand any time day or night from anywhere in the world.