From the Jerusalem Post:
White House expresses ‘deep disappointment’ after Saudis deny visa to ‘Post’ journalist
The White House expressed “deep disappointment” on Tuesday over Saudi Arabia’s decision to deny an entry visa to The Jerusalem Post’s Washington bureau chief who was planning to cover President Barack Obama’s visit to the desert kingdom this week.
Riyadh on Monday denied a visa to Michael Wilner, The Jerusalem Post’s Washington bureau chief. Wilner, who was the only journalist denied access to the president’s trip, despite firmly-worded requests from US National Security Advisor Susan Rice and assistant to the president Tony Blinken to Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir.
“We are deeply disappointed that this credible journalist was denied a visa,” US National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said on Tuesday. “We will continue to register our serious concerns about this unfortunate decision.”
Rice and Blinken separately expressed extreme displeasure at the delay and the prospect of a denial, The Jerusalem Post has learned. Members of the National Security Council were made aware of the matter after US officials coordinating the trip failed to reach their Saudi counterparts.
Journalists attending the trip were required to submit visa forms to the White House, and not directly to the Saudi embassy. The Kingdom held Wilner’s passport for two weeks, though their embassy’s website claims turnaround for visas within 24 hours…
It’s important to stress that Mr Wilner is Jewish. He is not Israeli. He holds citizenship from the USA. The whole report is here.
As sharp commentator Brian of London at IsraellyCool pointedly asks:
I have two questions for President Barak Hussein Obama:
Would you visit a country with a sign on the door saying “No Blacks Allowed”?
Why do you choose to visit a country with a sign saying “No Jews Allowed”?
And answer there was none.
They did express ‘deep disappointment‘ after all. I suppose that’s better than ‘shallow disappointment‘ or ‘we couldn’t give a toss‘. I mean, there is a difference, isn’t there? Wait till they are really angry and they express ‘really deeper than deep disappointment‘ – that’ll show them!
When will these powerful people appreciate that allowing stuff like this to happen, may make things easier for them in the short term, but makes it harder to deal with the issue. And the issue, Mr President, needs to be dealt with. It’s not going away. You may be, but the issue isn’t. I think you’re a coward.