The Times of Israel reported that Obama met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in June 2009, just three months before her country held elections.When President Bill Clinton was in the White House, he hosted then Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, the dovish leader of the Labor Party less than a month before the 1996 elections. The meeting was perceived as a push for the left-wing prime minister, who ended up losing to Netanyahu.The Times of Israel further reported that it checked more than 50 meetings between Obama and world leaders and found that none had been held only two weeks before elections.
On Wednesday, the White House called House Speaker John Boehner’s unilateral invitation to Netanyahu a breach of diplomatic protocol.
Netanyahu on Sunday defended accepting Boehner’s invitation, saying he would turn down no opportunity to try to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons.
“As the prime minister of Israel, it is my duty to make every effort to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons that will be directed at us. This effort is an international one and I will go to every place where I am invited in order to make Israel’s case and to safeguard its future and existence,” Netanyahu told his cabinet ministers.
“In the coming weeks the world powers may reach a framework agreement with Iran that runs the risk of Iran being on the threshold of obtaining nuclear weapons, which would first and foremost endanger the existence of the state of Israel,” he said according to the Jerusalem Post.