Whenever an American President visits Israel, Israel rolls out the red carpet for the President and his staff at the airport. The Israeli government holds a dinner for the President and his wife and the Israeli PM usually holds a joint press conference with the President in front of photographers snapping pictures and TV cameras broadcasting the exchange. This is exactly the way an ally should treat another ally when its head of state is visiting.
Typically, the U.S. affords the visiting Israeli PM the same welcoming mat. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is known for snubbing Prime Minister Netanyahu when he visits Washington.
The last time Netanyahu came to Washington in November, Obama did not allow the media to take any pictures of the meeting. No press conferences were permitted and Netanyahu could not even be transported to the meeting in a governmental vehicle according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.
Once again, Netanyahu has faced the same treatment.
Here is the headline picture from the Associated Press and Fox News on the March 23rd, 2010 Obama/Netanyahu meeting.
The media was not permitted to capture Netanyahu meeting Obama when he visited the White House tonight. Not even one single photo was permitted. There was no press conference and nothing has been said about what was discussed in the meeting.
Netanyahu may very well be the only head of state who has received this treatment from the Obama Administration as Obama has been much more hospitable to other visiting leaders. Even Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Fatah organization responsible for numerous Israeli casualties, got himself a photo with the President when he visited the White House last May.
You may remember how India's PM was honored at a lavish state affair last Fall. Recently, the Irish PM was treated to a warm welcome when he visited the White House on St. Patrick's day.
Obama's disdain for the Jewish State continues to shine through despite his attempt to hide his true feelings.