"The president should invite Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House. He’s one of our closest partners in the world."
The wise words of Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas. Cotton's direct call to Joe Biden urging him to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House should show all Americans what the appropriate course of action is.
America's Ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, said earlier this week that Biden was poised to host Netanyahu to the White House for a visit in the near future.
It didn't take long for Biden to catch wind of this and reiterate that no such invitation would be forthcoming in the near term.
Cotton thinks that there's something sinister going on here. Even if there isn't, it's just bad business. He said:
We would always welcome our close allies, whether it’s Israel or the United Kingdom or Japan, but I think this is yet another piece of the Democratic Party’s now 27-year campaign to undermine Benjamin Netanyahu’s political standing in Israel and his governments. It’s an open secret—it’s not even a secret, it’s well-known that Bill Clinton worked to undermine Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud in 1996. He dispatched his campaign advisers there and it failed. In 1999, he did it again, and he lost—
I don’t think that was a result of Bill Clinton’s meddling, I think that was a result of Benjamin Netanyahu’s own success in diminishing the Palestinian terror threat so Israeli voters were no longer focused on it as much. But then you saw it again time and again throughout the Obama administration—they acted like Benjamin Netanyahu was more of an adversary than an ally. Now you see it again under Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s understudy.