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Obama Takes Flack from Turner on Netanyahu

Congressman takes President to task after White House says Obama won't meet with Israeli Prime Minister.

With just a few months left in office, U.S. Rep. Bob Turner, R-Forest Hills, is using the little time he has left in office to take a few swipes at President Barack Obama.

Turner released a statement on Wednesday slamming the president for reportedly declining a visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"If the President truly ‘has Israel’s back’ he would make it his first priority to meet with our friends," Turner said in a statement. "At a time when Iran is dangerously close to developing nuclear weapons and has threatened to destroy Israel, President Obama fails to embrace our staunchest ally in the area."

Turner, who visited Israel after his election to Congress last year, also faulted Obama for not visiting Israel since his inauguration.

"The President has not been to Israel since taking office and won’t even make time for Prime Minister Netanyahu when he is on our soil. His actions are concerning and show a true lack of leadership," Turner said. 

Turner's term of office ends in January, when New York's current Ninth District will be carved into oblivion by redistricting. He will be replaced in Forest Hills either by . Turner has thrown his support behind Halloran in the race.

David September 13, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Please just SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
vincent smith September 13, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Stop it Turner.Obama has more important things to do like lighting up a blunt or doing some blow.
Tony Marano September 13, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Israel has been at war for thousands of years and it seems that Netanyahu would like to see the U.S. to do the same . We have ended the war in Iraq and proceeding to do the same in Afghanistan but Netanyahu is pressuring us to commit to an invasion plan against Iran. Just because we give Israel billions of dollars in aid yearly, it doesn't mean that they have the right to dictate the US's foreign policy. Netanyahu is another Dick Chaney, taking every opportunity to give orders to our military. There is nothing advantageous by President Obama meeting with Netanyahu again and again. Israel is headed on a path that will prove to be devastating. The US must take a path to recover from the devastation caused my two wars. If we attack Iran, Obama gets the Jewish vote. If he does, he loses the non-jewish vote. The GOP is using Israel to win the election. When it comes down to it, it is not that Obama is pushing Israel under the bus , it's Romney pushing the US under the bus. Netanyahu has nerve trying to force President Obama's hand thinking he would commit to us to another war for the sake of getting votes. All the republicans that I know don't want any wars at all, but they will vote for Romney not because they like him but because they want to bring President Obama down. Believe me, republican voters would think differently if the draft was reinstated .

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