In a speech before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference on Monday, however, Netanyahu rebuffed the president's push.
"Jerusalem is not a settlement. It's our capital," Netanyahu said.
The next day, Netanyahu and a delegation of Israelis met with Obama at the White House, only to watch the president walk out of the meeting.
Netanyahu and his delegation, the Times of London reports, grew so suspicious of Obama's intentions after the meeting "soured," that rather than remain and reconsider, as the president suggested, they retreated to the Israeli Embassy "to ensure that the Americans were not listening in" on their discussions.Thousands of flowers send message: 'Be encouraged, we stand with you'
By Drew Zahn
Posted: March 27, 2010 ~ 1:10 am Eastern
© 2010 WorldNetDaily
Shocked by what some news reports are calling President Obama's "ambush" and "humiliation" of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, D.C., a group of Americans are doing an end around the increasingly hostile White House and reaching out to directly to the Israeli leader.
Earlier this week, Obama walked out of a meeting with Netanyahu at the White House, inviting the Israeli leader to remain alone and reconsider his negotiation stance … or get out.
"I'm still around," the daily newspaper Yediot Aharonot quoted Obama as saying, before walking out on the stunned Netanyahu. "Let me know if there is anything new."
"While President Obama hugs dictators and smiles for photo-ops with enemies of freedom around the world, I was appalled at how he treated Prime Minister Netanyahu – our best friend in the Middle East," said Porter in a statement.
Consequently, Porter's organization has acted to assure the Israeli government that any perceived animosity from the Obama White House does not represent the feelings of all Americans.
Through a cooperative effort with a florist in Jerusalem, Faith2Action has launched the Israel Friendship Project, which invites Americans to send dozens of yellow roses – a symbol of friendship – directly to Netanyahu as a measure of support and encouragement.
Included in each dozen roses – which are priced at the symbolic cost of $19.48, after the year 1948, in which Israel was reestablished as a nation – is a card that reads, "Dear Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Be encouraged, Americans stand with you. God bless you."
The card concludes with the biblical verse, "The Lord builds up Jerusalem," from Psalm 147:2.
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