Obama Won’t Meet With Netanyahu

President Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington, D.C. in March. “As a matter of longstanding practice and principle, we do not see heads of state or candidates in close proximity to their elections, so as to avoid the appearance of influencing a democratic election in a foreign country,” National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said in a statement. Netanyahu was invited to address a joint meeting of Congress by House Speaker John Boehner, who did not consult with the president, much to the White House’s chagrin.