To the apparent dismay of Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Feinstein (D-CA), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined to provide them with a private audience when he comes to the USA and speaks to a joint session of congress next Tuesday.

Here is Mr. Netanyahu\’s letter to Mr. Durbin and Ms. Feinstein:

netanyahu decline letter

That is a very nice way of saying “If you want to hear what I have to say you\’ll have to show up along with everyone else when I say it”.

And how have the two Senators responded?  Here\’s their statement:

“We offered the Prime Minister an opportunity to balance the politically divisive invitation from Speaker (John) Boehner with a private meeting with Democrats who are committed to keeping the bipartisan support of Israel strong.  His refusal to meet is disappointing to those of us who have stood by Israel for decades.”

That is a very nice way of saying “S#|+!  We tried to cover ourselves with Jewish voters by meeting with Netanyahu privately, which would then liberate us to tell them “see, we met with him” while also making President Obama happy because we wouldn\’t have to show up when he speaks to congress. But Netanyahu didn\’t fall for it.  Now we have to actually tip our hand and show whether we care more about Israel\’s survival than we do about kissing Barack Obama\’s backside.”

Let me end with a question for Mr. Durbin and Ms. Feinstein:  How is Benjamin Netanyahu speaking before a joint session of congress – every member of both parties invited – politically divisive, but demanding a private audience to Democrats only not politically divisive?

Need time to come up with an answer?  I\’ll give you eternity to try.  And you still won\’t have one.

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