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Israel: Obama's Photograph Politics

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Netanyahu-ObamaAfter four days, the White House released a photograph
of the meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office private dining room.

Washington wanted to maintain a low profile for the encounter, given Netanyahu's unwillingness to put forward concrete steps for peace talks with Palestine. As a sign of displeasure, Obama's advisors did not give permission for press members to capture a scene from the meeting, allowing only the White House photographer to record the event.

So, the release of this photo after four days is a sign of Washington's continuing displeasure over the manoeuvres of its Israeli ally. The question remains: is picture politics the extent of its response to those tactics?

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