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Netanyahu Talks to Leading Democrats About Upcoming Congress Speech

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tries talking to Democrats about his Congress speech to no avail. Photo: Cherie Cullen.

New York Times – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has been reaching out to leading Capitol Hill Democrats to try to ease criticism over his coming address to Congress, but has made little progress.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, said Thursday that Mr. Netanyahu had called him the previous afternoon to explain why the White House had been circumvented before he was invited to speak before Congress. The prime minister has also called Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat.

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