Rick zeroed in on the most noteworthy item in Rabbi Urecki’s recap of his dealings with the White House. There is one other telling incident from a mid-May meeting:
We asked about news we were hearing that the Administration is pushing for a U.N. nuclear free Middle-East summit, something that will single out and put pressure on Israel to give up its often denied but always assumed nuclear program. They responded by saying that since 1995, this has been something that has been pushed by this country and accepted by Israel. They promised us that such a program (scheduled for 2012) will not be a summit that singles out Israel or hurts her deterrence capability in any way. To quote one of the members there: “We understand Israel’s full layer of deterrence”.
But just a couple of weeks later, the administration signed on to a final statement at the NPT conference singling out Israel. (It was bizarrely mute on Iran, however.) You will recall that 189 nations including the U.S. ended the conference with this:
Diplomats approved a document that laid out action plans on the three pillars of the treaty — disarmament, non-proliferation and promoting peaceful atomic energy. The NPT called on Israel to join the treaty, which would oblige the Jewish state to do away with the nuclear weapons it is widely believed to have but does not acknowledge. It mentioned ¨the importance of Israel’s accession to the treaty and the placement of all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards.¨
At the time, Bibi’s office called the declaration “fundamentally wrong and duplicitous.” Come to think of it, the same could be said of the White House’s representation to the rabbis two weeks earlier.