Wednesday, January 21, 2015
House Speaker John Boehner invites Benjamin Netanyahu to address joint meeting of Congress
This is not going to go over well with the Obama administration, but it might help the Speaker score a few points with conservative Republicans.
On Wednesday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on February 11, 2015.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of his people.
“In this time of challenge, I am asking the Prime Minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life. Americans and Israelis have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again.
“You may have seen that on Friday, the President warned us not to move ahead with sanctions on Iran, a state sponsor of terror. 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.
"Let’s send a clear message to the White House – and the world – about our commitment to Israel and our allies," Boehner said.
Netanyahu will be making his third appearance before a joint meeting of Congress, and his second during Boehner’s speakership.
Other Israeli prime ministers to address Congress include Ehud Olmert, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin.