Diplomacy

Netanyahu Accepts Invitation to Speak Before U.S. Congress in March

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted an invitation by House Speaker John Boehner (R – Ohio) to speak before a joint session of Congress, Politico reported today.

“You may have seen that on Friday, the president warned us not to move ahead with sanctions on Iran, a state sponsor of terror,” Boehner said in a meeting of Republicans Wednesday morning. “His exact message to us was: “Hold your fire.” He expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran. Two words: “Hell no!” … We’re going to do no such thing.

“I am specifically asking him to address Congress on the threats posed by radical Islam and Iran,” Boehner said in the meeting. “America and Israel have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again. Let’s send a clear message to the White House – and the world – about our commitment to Israel and our allies.”

Netanyahu’s speech is now scheduled for March 3.

In his announcement of the invitation to Netanyahu, Boehner echoed bipartisan frustration with the Obama administration in its approach to nuclear negotiations with Iran.

This morning, Senator Robert Menendez (D – N.J.) the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed similar sentiments in his opening remarks (video embedded below) to a Senate hearing on the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

“The more I hear from the administration in its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran. And it feeds to the Iranian narrative of victimization when they are the ones with original sin: an illicit nuclear weapons program going back over the course of twenty years that they are unwilling to come clean on.”

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