Washington - Obama Twice Rebuffed Pleas From Harry Reid To Side With Israel On UN Palestinian State Resolution
Washington, D.C. - During the contentious build-up to a congressional vote on his nuclear accord with Iran, President Obama twice rejected pleas from Democratic Senate Minority leader Harry Reid that he side with Israel and stand against the UN Palestinian resolution.
POLITICO.com (http://politi.co/1LSWpgl) reports that as Reid was attempting behind the scenes to line-up Democratic support for Obama’s Iran accord, he twice approached White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough requesting that the president publicly reverse his stance on the UN resolution in hopes that Democrats would see it as a leverage enough to get behind the accord.
According to reports—-which have now been confirmed by the White House—-Reid’s first request to McDonough was met with a response that the White House “would look into it,” with no action forthcoming, while his second rejection implied that while the White House was in fact opposed to the UN resolution, Obama was unwilling to commit publicly due to his displeasure with Netanyahu’s comments while addressing the U.S. Congress in March that termed the Iran accord, “a very bad deal.”
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