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Former Democratic Senator Joe Lieberman Supports Netanyahu’s Congress Speech

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Former US Senator Joseph I. Lieberman called on members of Congress to attend PM Benjamin Netanyahu's speech. Photo: Reason.

Former US Senator Joseph I. Lieberman called on members of Congress to attend PM Benjamin Netanyahu's speech. Photo: Reason. – Former Connecticut senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman called on members of Congress to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech about Iran’s nuclear program on March 3.

Lieberman, a Shabbat-observant Jew, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Monday that the 23 House of Representatives Democrats who asked House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to postpone Netanyahu’s address should “go to the joint meeting [of Congress] and hear what the prime minister has to say.”

“Go because this is about determining how best to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons and not just another Washington test of partisan and political loyalty,” Lieberman wrote. “Go because—regardless of what you think of the leaders involved or their actions in this case—you are a strong supporter of America’s alliance with Israel, and you don’t want it to become a partisan matter.”

The White House has opposed Netanyahu’s speech on the grounds that Boehner did not consult with President Barack Obama about the invitation. Vice President Joe Biden, the president of the U.S. Senate, is skipping the speech.

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  • Netanyahu will bring his old bomb illustration in an attempt to coerce America into another disasterous war by using time tested neocon fear mongering
    Finally we have a good American president to stand up for America and our soldiers and use diplomacy over brute might.
    We tried it their way in Iraq and look at the Middle East now.
    It appears apparent when observing the Isreali Palistinian conflict that Netanyahu has accomplished so little at such a great cost. Similar to the shame of the Iraq war which involved Isreali interests. A war with Iran will be about Isreali interests. The rest of the world sees this and soon they will react to us the way we have been reacting to other nations. We can support Isreali without being lead by them. Our nation is greater than this. But not for long if we do not control our destiny.

    • BiBi may decide to bring a real bomb to shake things up in USA and cause a knee jerk reaction from the conservative right. Considering his audience maybe that would be……

  • ben kramer

    No surprise here.

  • Historian

    Why would Obama not want PM Netanyahu to speak about Iran.. and the US mistake on trusting them? Because Obama is NOT a supporter or friend of Israel that has been shown in many ways.. Badmouthing Netanyahu several times.. but who cares what Pres Obama thinks! Certainly not the Jewish people.
    He is close to being Antisemitic in so many of his dealings..Now he is befriending Turkey and the President who is an ally of Hamas.
    What a dirt bag..2016 can not come any to soon for the people of the US.

    • m jordan

      What do most non-jewish americans say about Netanyahu’s visit !Mayby the USA should take a vote!

  • Jonah

    Rudy has them on the run, the rats are running for cover. It seems good old Joe is not a rat, but you must keep a close eye on him. Is he denouncing what Obama is doing to Israel or is he simply showing up. It seems the only safe Jews in america are the ones who keep their mouth tightly sealed. Be prepared for the barrage of lies about Israel this administration will surround themselves with…they must protect themselves from Rudys unadulterated truth. They are desperate, and running out of time. They have been exposed for what they are and they don’t like it.