President Obama denied meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on the explanation that Netanyahu’s visit fell too close to the Israeli election.  The timing of the visit also gave the White House a convenient means of retaliating against Netanyahu for his decision to accept an invitation from Republican leaders to address Congress.  Netanyahu and Republican lawmakers believe Congress should pass legislation threatening Iran with new economic sanctions, something President Obama said he would veto if it came to his desk.  Netanyahu is scheduled to address Congress on March 3rd.

The U.S. is working with Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China to negotiate with Iran.  Obviously Netanyahu is concerned with a growing Iran and that is why is he for sanctions.  However, if President Obama is serious about not sanctioning Iran, he needs to make it clear to Netanyahu that this is the best course of action.