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February 9, 2015 3:38 pm

Report: Netanyahu Mulling Changes to Congress Speech

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly considering a change of plans in regards to his scheduled address in front of Congress next month. Photo: Cherie Cullen. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly mulling a change of plans regarding the details of his planned speech before a joint session of Congress next month.

According to reports, Israeli officials are considering whether Netanyahu should instead give a closed-door speech to members of Congress or only give his other scheduled address in Washington, DC, a speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference.

“The issue has been under discussion for a week,” said a source close to the prime minister’s office, The Jerusalem Post reported. “[Netanyahu] is discussing it with Likud people. Some say he should give up on the speech, others that he should go through with it.”

Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to address 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. Vice President Joe Biden will be skipping the speech.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu rival and Labor party head Isaac Herzog is also mulling the possibility of speaking at the AIPAC conference. Herzog told the Jerusalem Post that he will wait to see what Netanyahu decides before determining his plans.

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  • Max Cohen

    Excuse me. Where does one look for evidence that the Obama administration intends to “forge a deal with Iran over its nuclear program?” Such a macho term as “forge a deal” implies steely resolve when Obama has so far offered only delays backed with silly putty. I hope that Prime Minister Netanyahu will bring the steely resolve to Congress that Obama utterly lacks.

  • Jonah

    It’s best he doesn’t speak before the congress he is to exposed and their could be the possibility that hit men have been hired to kill him. To many complicit plans have been carried out by this administration and the destruction of Israel is so close….the only one who stands between them and the finale act is Netanyahu. Who could run in his place if something was to happen to him? Markel in her naive stupidity in her attempt to slow Russia down has justified internationally his right to arm any terririst organization on this planet. Rationalizing each attempt by claiming they are after Isis or Russia or who ever. He has his hands in the military cookie jar micro managing every decision, this is a receipe for disaster not only for Israel but the entire planet.