Israeli Newspaper Haaretz reports that right after Romney met with Netanyahu and two hours before Romney was to meet with the leader of the Israeli Labor Party, MK Shelly Yacimovich, and Labor Knesset Leader Yitzhak (Buzi) Herzog, Romney cancelled the meeting.
Netanyahu succeeded in getting Romney to cancel a scheduled and meticulously planned meeting with MK Shelly Yacimovich, the leader of the Labor party.The paper goes on to say that Romney/Bush/Cheney Advisor Dan Senor set the meeting up over a month ago.
Dan Senor, Romney's key foreign policy adviser, approached Labor Knesset faction head Yitzhak (Buzi) Herzog with a request, in Romney's name, to meet the then-head of the Israeli opposition during his scheduled Israeli visit. A meeting with the opposition leader is also required as a matter of protocol;Here's where the already scheduled meeting gets interesting
[A] week ago, after Kadima head MK Shaul Mofaz left the government, Yacimovich ceased to be opposition leader. Herzog took the initiative and informed the Romney staff of the change in Yacimovich's status, and requested that the meeting be cancelled.Here's where it gets ... more interesting. Romney did not want to cancel the scheduled meeting with Yacimovich and Herzog. In fact, Mitt Romney was adamant that he wanted to keep the scheduled meeting as planned.
They [Romney's Campaign] told Herzog that they were au courant with happenings on the Israeli political scene, knew that Mofaz was now opposition leader (Romney will also meet with him), and insisted on holding the Yacimovich meeting as planned.As of this morning, the meeting was still on:
The meeting was due to take place today, at 1:30 P.M., at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. There were still contacts this morning between Romney's media staff and Tal Alexandrovitch Segev, Yacimovich's media adviser.Here's where Romney gets bizarre and puppet-like
Romney went into a meeting with Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's Bureau in Jerusalem. During the course of the meeting the [Romney] Candidate's Staff contacted Herzog to inform him that the meeting had regrettably been cancelled, “for reasons of protocol.”
Mitt Romney is already letting Netanyahu dictate his so-called Foreign Policy
Herzog and Yacimovich have no doubts: Netanyahu, or his people, didn't approve of the Yacimovich meeting and pressured Romney to cancel it – and succeeded.Well, Mitt did it, he has managed to piss off some people in Israel
Herzog was dumbfounded to hear of the cancellation on two hours' notice. He said that Romney was “intentionally misguided by political elements that were unsettled by the steady strengthening of Yacimovich and her transformation into the only alternative to the prime minister.”There is another Diary on here illustrating that Romney has already admitted, in public, that Netanyahu First and America Second.
Circles close to Yacimovich said it clearly: “This is the crude hand of Netanyahu and his people against the background of the disagreement between him and Yacimovich over the economic measures his government is about to adopt.”
Romney's foreign policy tour is a disaster!