April 9th, 2010
05:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Netanyahu to skip Obama's nuclear security summit

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/09/art.natanyahu.0408.gi.jpg caption ="Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu will not President Obama’s nuclear security summit in Washington next week."](CNN) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has informed the Obama administration that he will not attend President Obama's nuclear security summit in Washington next week, according to a senior U.S. official familiar with the situation.

The move could be a sign of further tension between the United States and Israel and may distract from the Obama administration's attempts to highlight the unprecedented nature of a 46-nation summit aimed at reducing nuclear weapons.

The Israeli government is sending Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor in Netanyahu's place, U.S. National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer announced Thursday.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Our nation is divided and on the brink

    He knows what Obama is up to.

    April 9, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. rachel

    waaah waaah. Israel give us back our money. Before all the pro israeli and gung ho Obama(not a big supporter of him) haters who is your alliegence to the STATE of Israel or the UNITED STATES. Israel is is a foriegn nation not the 51st state of America.

    April 9, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. obamarroids

    Bebe realized, and quite correctly, that Mr. Obama was up to no good. Mr. Obama hates Israel as much as he hates America. Mr. Obama plays a very dangerous game. I don't see how this continues until Mr. Obama is replaced in January of 2013. God help us.

    April 9, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Israel needs to stop their air raids against Gaza.

    April 9, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  5. Tim

    I have two words...So What!!!

    April 9, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. haren

    Cut the aid to Israel.

    April 9, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The Israelis are still attending is the major point. How many other countries are sending their heads of state? The questions are how many Arab countries are attending and how much will they bash Israel for any nuclear activities that the Israelis have.

    Right now, Netanyahu has many domestic issues to deal with that have internation implications - housing in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, the protective barrier that has been put up, settlements in other areas of the countries.

    April 9, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. Josh

    This summit should be something that Mr Netanyahu should have a great interest in due to the fact that it is set-up to get all nations to help elimante and verify all nuclear materials that could get into the hands terrorist. I think he should reconsider not coming to this summit. Of all nations concerned about terrorist getting their hands on nuclear grade material it should be his country.

    April 9, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |