The White House announced on Tuesday that President Barack Obama would not meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a U.S. visit later this month, as tensions escalated over how to deal with Iran's nuclear program. An Israeli official said the White House had refused Netanyahu's request to meet Obama when the Israeli leader visits the United States to attend the U.N. General Assembly, telling the Israelis "the president's schedule will not permit that." This announcement was made on the same day the Israeli prime minister said said the United States had forfeited its moral right to stop Israel from taking action against Iran's nuclear program because it had refused to be firm with Tehran itself.
Netanyahu believes he has Obama at a disadvantage with a presidential election due in November and he seems to think that he can bully Obama into attacking Iran or at least condoning an Israeli attack. The fear of losing the New York and Florida Jewish vote and deferring to the Israeli lobby is generally considered a strong motivation in keeping The U.S. loyal to Israel but this time Netanyahu might have crossed the line. Be prepared for shock and awe over Tehran while the votes are being counted in November.