The Obama-Netanyahu spat rolls on, late into the evening. As I wrote earlier, Haaretz reported that Obama declined to meet with Netanyahu while the latter would be in country for the U.N. General Assembly. CNN's Wolf Blitzer heard the same thing from Israeli sources. Then we all got an e-mail from the White House telling us that Netanyahu and Obama had talked and
Contrary to reports in the press, there was never a request for Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama in Washington, nor was a request for a meeting ever denied.
So there's that. Since Netanyahu's so into public pressure these days, perhaps he should just ask aloud to the press for a meeting, and watch Obama try to deny that.
Ali Gharib on how badly John Kerry's efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks are going.