Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Address Congress

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House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to speak before the United States Congress and Senate in a joint meeting.

In a letter addressed to Netanyahu, Johnson wrote that “last year” Congress had proudly hosted Israeli President Isaac Herzog to visit Washington, D.C., and that Netanyahu was invited to speak before a “Joint Meeting of Congress.”

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 19: Israeli President Isaac Herzog addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol on July 19, 2023 in Washington, DC. Herzog’s speech on the floor of the House of Representatives stirred controversy as some liberal Democrats planned to boycott of the Israeli president’s (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The letter was signed by Johnson, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 01: U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) arrives to give closing remarks during the Hill And Valley Forum On AI Security on May 01, 2024 in Washington, DC. The Hill Valley Forum is a private bipartisan community of lawmakers and innovators aimed at investigating new technology as it pertains to national security challenges. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

“For this reason, on behalf of the bipartisan leadership of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate, we would like to invite you to address a Joint Meeting of Congress,” the letter added.

The letter comes as several officials within the Democrat Party have sharply criticized Netanyahu for Israel’s ongoing offensive attack in the Hamas-controlled territory of Gaza.

Hamas terrorists launched a land, sea, and air invasion of Israel on October 7, 2023, leaving 1,200 people murdered and more than 250 people taken as hostages.

Schumer has previously called for Israel to hold new elections to replace Netanyahu, adding that Netanyahu had “lost his way.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to the news that Netanyahu had been invited to speak before Congress by describing him as a “war criminal” and stating he would not be in attendance.

Most recently, President Joe Biden, who has received criticism regarding his support for Israel in the ongoing war against Hamas, revealed a plan to end the war in Gaza.

Biden revealed that his proposed plan involved three phases. The first phase would begin with a six-week ceasefire, during which time Israel and Hamas would discuss a more permanent ceasefire. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) would also leave the populated areas in Gaza during the first phase.

Under Biden’s proposed plan, hostages still held captive by Hamas would also be released in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

Elizabeth Weibel
Elizabeth Weibel
Maryland raised. Virginia based.

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