I added that last part since it appears as though no outlets outside of Israel (with a couple of exceptions) are reporting on Benjamin Netanyahu’s meetings today with Hillary Clinton and Fred Thompson.
What is up with that?
Netanyahu met Thursday with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), a leading candidate for her party’s presidential candidacy, and Fred Thompson, a former Tennessee senator who is set to announce his bid for the Republican candidacy, as well as Vice President Dick Cheney.
On Wednesday, acting at the Israeli government’s behest, Netanyahu also met with New York state officials to encourage divestment moves underway there, and spoke on the phone with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger about that state’s efforts toward divestment.
Netanyahu said he encouraged such measures as well as criminal charges against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, for speeches calling for an end to Israel. Even if the measures do not force the Iranians to end their nuclear program, Netanyahu said, they help ready the public for the possibility of military confrontation.
“All these pressures prepare public opinion for the possibility of action,” he said.
Netanyahu also promoted his recent proposal to bring Jordanian troops into the West Bank to assist Palestinian moderates in quelling Islamist violence.
If you’re interested in the whole what are we doing with Iran question, listen to this Fresh Air piece from last night. It’s very good, and, although I wasn’t that impressed with Laura Rozen’s radio presence, I like that she keeps this blog, War and Piece.