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February 6, 2015 6:15 pm

Vice President Joe Biden Skipping Netanyahu’s Congress Speech

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JNS.orgU.S. Vice President Joe Biden is skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on March 3, with the vice president’s office saying that he will be traveling to an unspecified location abroad that day.

“We are not ready to announce details of his trip yet, and normally our office wouldn’t announce this early, but the planning process has been underway for a while,” an official in the vice president’s office told The Jerusalem Post.

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American vice presidents—who also serve as president of the U.S. Senate—are normally in attendance when foreign leaders address Congress, usually sitting behind the podium along with the speaker of the House of Representatives.

Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to address a joint session of Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat and radical Islam. The Obama administration said it was not consulted about the invitation and has argued that the speech would hurt the West’s chances to forge a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, while Netanyahu has said it is his “duty” to address Congress because a bad nuclear deal would threaten Israel’s security.

At least five members of Congress have said they will also skip the speech: U.S. Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Jim McDermott (D-WA), and Jim McGovern (D-MA).

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  • victoria brandeis

    IN JUST A SHORT TIME MR. BIDEN YOU WILL BE JUST LIKE THE MAN YOU FOLLOW BEHIND WILL BE HISTORY

    ISRAEL WILL ALWAYS BE WHERE IT IS…..JEWISH PEOPLE MAY MOVE AROUND OR BE PUSHED AROUND BUT YOU MR. BIDEN….GET ONE PUSH…….’OUT’

    SO….PLAY WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING ‘MISHEARD’………TAFFTARD

  • Laura Burkhart

    I have warned Israeli’s & American’s of our current admin…and most don’t listen to me!
    But….since voting partition in 1948…many around the world still love Israel! Be warned though…back Israel, & Bibi…& protect your land…and fill the settlements!

  • ed

    If Netanyahu backs down obama has won

  • Jonah

    Seriously how can he present himself at Netanyahu’s congressional appearance when his boss has sent a political hit squad to Israel to take him down. Joe is getting old and his heart is suffering from the strain of this lunatic he is presently employed wiith. How can you be actively participating in the take down of Israel without it having a profound effect on your political life,your soul, on every aspect of your being. He along with a lot of other politicians are sweating blood under the guidance of this antisemitic lunatic.

  • Peni Elika

    What a bunch of pussies these five members of congress are, gutless, obamaphopic, sell out to the iranian regime, the biggest supporter of terrorism around the world.

  • rulierose

    Biden announced that he will be too busy burying his head in the sand to the clear and present threat that a nuclear Iran presents to the world–NOT JUST ISRAEL–to attend the speech.

    but speaking of Israel…

    if anyone ever had any questions about how much Obama loathes the world’s one Jewish state, those should be all cleared up now.

  • This insulting announcement is more about the vindictive Obama than his puppet Biden. Biden won’t be there because of Obama. Congress people who won’t attend have more loyalty to Obama than they do to their own country. They also have more loyalty to their own careers.

    Decision makers need to learn all the information available on threats to the U.S. Iran’s nuclear program is the # 1 threat in the world. Obama’s pro-Islam stance fights the truth from being told, endangering all.

  • Mickey Oberman

    The boss has spoken.

    And is even shipping Biden out of the country.

    I wonder what obama fears.

  • Moral and ethical bankruptcy

    Americans are finding a grotesque echo in the moral – ethical bankruptcy and worse of a substantial sector of American society.
    The “moral depravity” of “the Arabs” who kill innocent civilians. It is more than moral depravity. It is a culture that teaches, educates and breeds hate toward other societies that are not like them as they say “infidels”.
    There is no way this situation should be handled with kid gloves – when a poison strikes your body, you remove it and destroy it completely, leaving no trace of such poison.
    History has shown that these types of atrocities and acts of barbarism have increased in the past half a century and getting worse by the day.
    With today’s advancement in technology and telecommunications, the world has shrunk, events on the other side of the world affect everybody (like the Japanese Nuclear reactor fallout, ISIS barbaric acts, etc.) it affects our health our economy, brings fear and uncertainty to our lives.
    The financial crisis we are facing today is the price we pay for years of neglect and government abuse of power.
    Is today’s society heading toward annihilation, you be the judge?

    YJ Draiman

    P.S. The Qur’an 17:104 – states the land belongs to the Jewish people

  • jo

    This administration is an embarrassment to many of us. I know this is insulting to the Prime Minister and want him to know his supporters are many among the people of the United States. Thank you for your long term friendship.

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