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March 1, 2015 12:52 pm

Boehner Says Demand for Participation in Netanyahu’s Congress Speech is Unprecedented

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The office of House Speaker John Boehner revealed that demand for tickets to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to a joint session of Congress is sky high.

So high in fact that it has outpaced any joint meeting since he was elected speaker, with 10 times as many requests than there are seats available, Politico reported on Sunday.

The speech, set for Tuesday morning, has been the source of intense friction between the White House, and its allies and the Israeli prime minister.

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Expected to address the emerging US-led nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Netanyahu is seen by the Obama administration as a major obstacle to its desired agreement with the Islamic Republic. The PM has also been accused of violating diplomatic protocol by not giving the White House enough advance warning before scheduling the speech.

Netanyahu, however, contends that the the Iranian nuclear threat is an existential issue for Israelis and that the proximity of the March deadline for a deal with Iran demands that he seize the opportunity to address Congress now.

Despite the controversy, only a relatively small number of lawmakers have pledged to boycott the speech. Included among them are four senators and a few dozen House members.

Others who will boycott the speech include Vice President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Both say they have overseas engagements at the time of the address.

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  • Leonard Excell

    America is not self sufficient in crude oil plus the president is a Muslim. The Americans are in a dilemma. The Arabs could shut off oil sales to the west if America were to be pro Israel. Israel is at the front fighting international terrorism and therefore should be supported. Have the Americans not learnt from 09:11? Why is it that when it comes to Palestinian nationalism everything is perfectly legit but when it comes to Israel’s nationalism then everything is not legit? One can’t make fish of one and fowl of another. Israel has had a 3000 year association with that territory, and is therefore entitled to be there.

  • Ken Bachtold

    Regardless, the FACT remains that Boehner & “Bibi” disregarded precident and protocol and went (around, over, under) the President and THAT is not right! It’s just sneaky politics!

  • Bibi never disappoints, from the days in New York when he was so young and the Ambassador to the UN from Israel I have been following his career. You can bet your life it will be the right speech for this time. Those that criticize his speech will of course know the truth, but unable to admit it or unwilling to admit it. Thank you John Boehner

  • Sofia

    Congratulations to a magnificent Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, “Live Long and Prosper”

    Can’t understand why all these politicians are against hearing a very real threat to all our securities, and of course Israel is front and center. But, Iran hates the USA as much, somehow we forget what happened when the Shah of Iran was deposed and Komeiny took over. Short memories, those who forget the past, will relive it in the future with worse consequences.

    Bravo Bibi. Shake the place up!!!

    • maria

      it is wonderful that the US citizens and poticians wnat to hear the truth.
      PM Netanyahu is an excellent, brave man and I am sure he will be agreat success.
      He loves his country, but the president of the US doesn´t. PN Netanyahu tells the truth, his opponent in the WH is a liar

  • William Hausman

    I wish El Sisi would speak to Congress. And/or a high ranking representative of Saudi Arabia. They support Netanyahu but regrettably won’t and understandably can’t show it.

  • You don’t have to hurry and suspect the Obama Administration an anti-Israel position! I feel that it has prepared a convincing statement of “solidarity and support” for Israel in the event – God forbid! – that Israel will be bombarded simultaneously by Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.

    So we need to thank President Obama in advance for preparing its “statement of solidarity” with Israel for the time AFTER which they anxiously await and look forward to as soon as possible…!

    Please see:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewilqV7ASxA
    “…president Obama’s intention is to “correct the historical mistake of the creation of the State of Israel…”

  • You should know that President Obama loves NOT only golf but also bowling! But he has been practicing ‘bowling’ especially in politics…

    I invite you to notice that in the Middle East, which is President Obama’s favorite ‘bowling alley’ there is a SKITTLE [?] – in the President’s conception!! – which he wants to break – it’s name is BIBI!

    We all hope that Prime Minister Netanyahu can remain VERTICAL and defend the interests of the State of Israel!

  • It is pathetic that the VP and Kerry and “some members of Congress” who have decided to boycott Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress are so petty not to recognize that we live in an interconnected world. A nuclear Iran may be more dreadful for Israel, but it is in abolutely NO ONE’s interest to allow Iran to deploy nuclear weapons. Iran is an outlaw nation, that openly advocates the destruction of a nation that has been recognized as a sovereign state by the vast majority of nations; it is certainly not in the interest of the U.S.Biden and Kerry have just once more demonstrated that they are no statesmen, but two-bit politicians and of no use to this nation.

  • DockyWocky

    The real effect of Netanyahu’s “Fireside Chat” with America’s Congress, and the American people, won’t be known until Tuesday night and Wednesday’s pundits have had a shot at it.

    I suspect we’ll hear lots of thunderous applause and get to view the faces of the bravest of the liberal Democrat partisans who attend, but we won’t know the official U.S. Government’s and al-Obama’s responses denigrating Netanyahu and Israel until days later.

    It should be a great show, though, and clarify al-Obama and his anti-Semitic cadre’s intents about Israel as Iran approaches membership in the Nuclear Club.

    Remembering that Israel is a silent member of that club, however, does not bode well for Iran, who simply cannot avoid a chance to shoot off it’s mouth about what it intends to do when if finally produces a half-dozen nuclear weapons.

  • emile harari

    If it’s not YET clear that Obama and the white house are
    openly pro islamists and anti Israel one has just to look
    at Obama’s appointments at the white house,his spreeches about the ” HOLY” Koran,he’s foreign dealings with the arab countries especially IRAN,His sycophantic attitude towards
    Saudi Arabia and Turkey.his snubbing the leaders of America’s only Ally in the Middle east ISRAEL etc.etc…
    and you wonder WHY he won’t meet Natanyahu and why Biden and Kerry are not attending the speech due to prior engagement
    GIVE ME A BREAK.How can anybody ignore these facts
    Are the american people SO NAIVE ?

  • Well how can anyone not want to attend Mr.BBN’s speech to Congress? Is there another Leader and Statesman like BBN in the political arena right now?

  • Isaac

    I guess at the next election, we all have to vote Republican!

  • Jerry Rosenberg

    The fact of high interest in the Prime Ministers speech,
    speaks volumes about the doubt people have of the WH
    policies. Most people that take an interest are against
    this so called agreement. We all hope and pray that the WH
    will lose this fight, so the country can get on with the real battle that is just starting. Time is of the essence
    in this coming war, like it or not

    JR

  • Monty Pogoda

    Very pleased to hear of the attendance being an all-time high. I’m proud of Bibi. G-D put him in the right place at the right time.

  • Dale

    Obama, the bully, is having a temper tantrum, and the weak comply to his demands.

    • Suzette

      SO TRUE! SO SAD!

  • Let us pray that he canmake his speech and tell not only the US Congress,but the world what a bunch of maniacs the Iranians are. – Iran should never have nuclear weapons, it is “like giving a gun to a monkey with rabies”. – Can you imagine if ISIS would thriumph over Iran and take over those nuclear installations? – Those crazy sob´s would start launching nukes everywhere. – Nuclear fallout? Nahh, they believe that 72 virgins await them in the afterlife if they do that stunt for Mohammed.

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  • D’Jai

    In my opinion, Boehner needs to be relieved for his “Speaker of the House” position and thrown in jail for the blatant disrespect of President Obama. Boehner is NOT the President of the United States and he needs to be more respectful of President Obama and what he wants to do for the American people. Anytime a person tries to act more important than this President, like what Boehner is doing with Netanyahu shows that he has no respect for the man who is in charge of our country. If President Obama was not a person of color this would not be happening. I wish the President would have a way to stop Netanyahu from speaking; like have the national guard not allow him or Boehner in the building or on government property and arrest Boehner for over reaching his power….If Boehner wants to do what he wants to do in the USA, he needs to run for President; but, in the meantime he should back off from doing this…We all know that he really does not like nor respect President Obama and blatant act is just another example of his disdain…..I wish people would learn to respectfully agree to disagree without being disagreeable….I realize that there are a lot of people who disagree with the President; but, he is not an incompetent man. We all need to respect the differences of others and that starts with stopping blatant acts of disrespect….God Bless!!

    • Signe Knapp

      Respecting and bowing are two different things. Biehner can invite an ally of our country to speak, without fear of retribution . We have a President who chooses to ignore the will of the people, aid and assist those that will hurt us. Disrespected? Ask most Anericans if they feel disrespected by our government. Benghazi , Obamacare , mass invasion of illegal immigrants, our tax money to fund all of these catastrophic events .

  • Werner Strasser

    The high demand is fueled by the distrust for this administration and its policies. Whatever they utter is deceptive or a flat out lie. Experience has toughed us to expect the opposite of what is claimed. Whatever they touch turns into dirt and most of the time there is no recourse to straighten it out.

    We cannot rely on this infantile administration. Its time to show some of the cards. There is still time to fold before the game of “diplomacy” has been declared to have succeeded and the unforgiving reality sets in.

  • Debbie Tummins

    If congress really wants to KNOW where American stands on Isreal, just put it on TV just like you would the State of the Union. The Ratings alone should tell you all you need to know. I feel like IF it was put on TV for everybody to hear, it would astound all of you how many people are interested in what Prime Minister Netanyahu has to say for 2 reasons. #1 – He has proved himself a TRUE LEADER. and #2 – Because America STANDS WITH ISREAL. Always have and always will.

    Put it on all the networks and the News Channels. Let the people hear him. Then count out what that amounts to in votes in your own areas of the country. I think it will make the GOP VERY PROUD and maybe make that man we call President take note of how many people really really do NOT like him.

    Yours Truly,
    From Tennessee

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Well wrote, that Barack Obama is upset is logical as he support terrorist like Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood and his half brother is well involve with MB finance. Obama is helping Iran to appear like a moderate country contrary to pass and recent Islamic fundamentalist-extremist ideology that call on Israel and USA to destruction. Iran as some USA politician had clearly indicate had not need for nuclear as had plenty of oil. The only reason is for treating other and impose their Islamic regime. Is time that Obama will be judge in front of a court for the many abuse of power and to explain is political economical support to Islamic extremist. I hope PM Benjamin will rise is concern in regard of the USA president action.

  • The days leading up to Taanis Esther and Purim should be a time of Mazel. Purim celebrates the failure of the Persian viceroy’s plot to annihilate Jews throughout the Persian Empire. In 1991 the defeat of Saddam Hussein and the Scud missiles he fired on Israel came about just before Purim. Saddam’s Scuds destroyed 1,500 Israeli homes, but managed to kill almost no Jews. May this Purim[and Pesach] bring about an agreement that genuinely averts a future Iranian nuclear power.

  • ROBERT PROPP

    IF I AM NOT FOR MYSELF WHO WILL BE FOR ME AND IF NOT NOW
    WHEN?? we have to stand up and speak now. there are no second chances

    IRAN IS WELL KNOWN FOR PAYING FOR THE KILLING OF JEWS ALL AROUND THE WORLD, INCLUDING ARGENTINA.

    PAYING MUSLIMS TO KILL CHRISTIANS THROUGHOUT AFRICA.

  • Pamela Renee Silver

    REALLY!!! how dare the Obama Administration coward & say the Prime Minister Benjamin did not give White House enough advance warning & thereby violating diplomatic protocol.Any with the brain capacity of a flea knows that the results would be the same from Obama & his extended maggot loyalist to find a lie & spin not to allow & receive Prime Minister Benjamin just as Biden & John Kerry are doing with these overseas engagements.Most may not now how fast Obama gets out of town when our CUFI Washington Summit arrives,sadly in 2014 he had to address the nation on very tragic events,I felt ill as I & others watched our watches to see just how little time it would tae after he rushed addressing the Country (no way to coward out of that)Good thing I did not blink,because ASAP!! the announcement was made that the Presidential Motorcade was headed out of DC,just as we of CUFI know full well he will do again upon our arrival & somewhere will be out of reach & not meet with Prime Minister Ben to discuss all points that prove the essence of time is not on Israel or America’s side when it comes to Iran & nuclear threat.Biden how faithful God has been to you in all the tragedy in his family…oh how soon he has forgotten & now serves & feeds on satan’manna.Kerry has never had a firm backbone,pathetic,weak,& purchased for any amount in a child’s lifetime coin collection. Obama,Biden,Kerry & all others who choose to disobey Father GOD in regards to Israel & the Jewish People your & your entire blood line fate is written by GOD Himself! Psalm 105:15

    15 “Do not touch my anointed ones;
    do my prophets no harm.”
    Genesis 12:3

    3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Run on Obama & your minions I assure you it will not be for a long time,GOD AlMIGHTY IS PERSONALLY going to Cut each of you & yours down. We Americans who love Israel & our Jewish Brothers & Sisters worldwide have the The Full Armour of GOD to deal with each of you as we stand without APOLOGY or COMPROMISE in our hearts,minds,body & to the core of our souls with Israel & The Jewish People who we as Christians Love.

  • JOHN TRAIN

    MIL-OPS IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSED AGREEMENT

    1. Recognizes Iran’s  the “right to enrich” , thus enables the world’s most dangerous terrorist state to become a nuclear threshold power. Establishes a timetable with a “sunset clause”, after which Iran will be permitted legally to go ahead at whatever pace that it chooses for its nuclear development programs.

    2. Ignores all of  Iran’s  ancillary programs such as fuse developments, warhead developments, guidance developments, propulsion developments, etc. Ignores Iran’s nuclear cooperation with North Korea (testing, components, etc.) and with Syria (facilities development)..

    3. Ignores the current agreements for Iran to purchase very  advanced air defense systems from Russia. These air defense systems will make Iran’s nuclear production facilities and nuclear forces nearly invulnerable to attack. { As been noted in previous intelligence summaries —the objective of Iran is not a single weapon–it is a force of multiple weapons, protected by a basically impenetrable air defense envelope.}

    4. Relinquishes  the ability to have in place in order to to immediately institute sanctions or other punishments should and when Iran is caught cheating.{Which according to the IAEC and several US and foreign intelligence sources is probably doing right now… since reconnaissance evidence exists and Iran will not allow on the ground inspections of these suspicious sites.]

    5. grants Iran it’s sphere  of influence  over Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and allowing  its funding and arms  supply to Hezbollah and Hamas.

  • martin kessler

    I read where some members of congress plan to stage a walk-out at the middle of his speech. I wish he would begin with this comment:

    “,,,,,But before I begin I have been told some members have said they plan to walk out during my speech. If that is so would the gentlemen please have the caracter and courtesy to walk out now or forever hold your peace.”

    We’ll see if they have courage as well.

    If he had any guts–and character–Omama would come and introduce him.

  • DACON9

    LAST TIME A HIGH POWER SPEECH WAS MADE WAS PRES BUSH
    when he said
    ‘as I speek we are attacking iraq’….

    AND REMEMBER KENNEDY SAID
    ‘as I speak we are circling cuba’

    I dont believe this will be the same
    BUT….
    but this shows you democrates how childish
    the democrate party has been…
    …from the behavior of slick willy clinton
    to our dictator obama..

    …speaking of democrates..the book by al gore on ‘global warming’….
    well I tried to return it because it is the 4TH coldest in 86 years ..
    The book store said I can exchange it next week when al gores new book is released on ‘global cooling’

    my only friend is HASHEM, ‘ONE’, THE ONLY ‘ONE’

  • steven L

    Shoot the messenger since you can’t deny the message!
    They will be watching and the morons will miss a UNIQUE HISTORICAL event.
    ETHICS and Morality VS the UN-ETHICAL and amorality.

  • brenrod

    can you print a name of all the boycotters so I dont vote for any

  • RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    Zachor, Remember what Amalek did to you when you were leaving Egypt; that he ambushed you on the way, and he struck those of you who were in the rear, all the weakest at your rear, when you were faint and exhausted, and he did not fear Gd. It shall be that when your Gd, gives you rest from all your enemies all around, in the land that, your Gd, gives you as an inheritance to possess it, you shall wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heaven—you shall not forget!

    What’s most amazing to me is that this war with Amalek continues—that the world is still so concerned with the fate of Israel and the small number of Jews in the world who do not even amount to a percentage of error when calculating the world’s population. The rhetoric is apocalyptic, even Biblical. Why care about Israel and the Jews? It must be a spiritual struggle of the generations. The Torah then has been proven to be incredibly wise in warning us never to forget or worse, to underestimate Amalek the anti-Semite—no matter how he may appear.

    ON Purim and we will read the story of how Haman, a descendant of Amalek, persuaded Achashveros, King of Persia, to destroy the Jews. But it’s also the story of our time! Once again Persia threatens to destroy the Jews, only this time its name has changed. We no longer call it Persia, we call it Iran. Do you know why?

    There was a love fest between Hitler and Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Persia, from the moment Hitler came to power in 1933. The shah was enamored with the concept of the Aryan master race—especially because Nazi racial theorists referred to Aryan origins in the Proto-Indo-European lineage of Persia. So intense was the shah’s identification with the Third Reich that in 1935 he—can you believe this—renamed his ancient country “Iran,” which in Farsi means “Aryan!” From that point on, Iranians were constantly reminded that their country was bonded with Nazi Germany for all time.

    During the war years, Iran became a haven and headquarters for Gestapo agents and German operatives. In Tehran’s marketplace, it was common to see placards that declared, “In heaven, Allah is your master. On Earth, it is Adolf Hitler!” (Edwin Black, 12/19/05, JTA) And so how could the president of Iran now deny that the Holocaust ever happened when his nation is named for Hitler’s master race?

    Let there be no mistake, the ultimate agenda of Iran and Hamas—like that of Hitler’s Germany—is not simply the destruction of Israel, but of the Jewish people. But many—like we saw in the media as Hitler rose to power—prefer to put their heads in the sand hoping it will all go away. They say that President Ahmadinejad is just using anti-Semitic rhetoric to deflect having to deal with domestic problems, and that Hamas will soften when it has to deal with the responsibilities of power, like collecting the garbage.

    Remember, they also said this about Hitler, about the Ayatollah, and even the Taliban when they took control of Afghanistan. The Torah is clear, Amalek and Haman and all of Jewish history teach us that we must take our enemies for their word. They mean what they say and they say what they mean.

    —–Original Message—–
    From: chaimdov
    To: shusman
    Sent: Thu, Feb 26, 2015 4:14 pm
    Subject: Fwd: purim messahe RABBI ROSENBERG

    —–Original Message—–
    From: chaimdov
    To: jerry
    Sent: Sun, Feb 15, 2015 3:36 pm
    Subject: purim messahe RABBI ROSENBERG

    RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    Zachor, Remember what Amalek did to you when you were leaving Egypt; that he ambushed you on the way, and he struck those of you who were in the rear, all the weakest at your rear, when you were faint and exhausted, and he did not fear Gd. It shall be that when your Gd, gives you rest from all your enemies all around, in the land that, your Gd, gives you as an inheritance to possess it, you shall wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heaven—you shall not forget!

    What’s most amazing to me is that this war with Amalek continues—that the world is still so concerned with the fate of Israel and the small number of Jews in the world who do not even amount to a percentage of error when calculating the world’s population. The rhetoric is apocalyptic, even Biblical. Why care about Israel and the Jews? It must be a spiritual struggle of the generations. The Torah then has been proven to be incredibly wise in warning us never to forget or worse, to underestimate Amalek the anti-Semite—no matter how he may appear.

    ON Purim and we will read the story of how Haman, a descendant of Amalek, persuaded Achashveros, King of Persia, to destroy the Jews. But it’s also the story of our time! Once again Persia threatens to destroy the Jews, only this time its name has changed. We no longer call it Persia, we call it Iran. Do you know why?

    There was a love fest between Hitler and Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Persia, from the moment Hitler came to power in 1933. The shah was enamored with the concept of the Aryan master race—especially because Nazi racial theorists referred to Aryan origins in the Proto-Indo-European lineage of Persia. So intense was the shah’s identification with the Third Reich that in 1935 he—can you believe this—renamed his ancient country “Iran,” which in Farsi means “Aryan!” From that point on, Iranians were constantly reminded that their country was bonded with Nazi Germany for all time.

    During the war years, Iran became a haven and headquarters for Gestapo agents and German operatives. In Tehran’s marketplace, it was common to see placards that declared, “In heaven, Allah is your master. On Earth, it is Adolf Hitler!” (Edwin Black, 12/19/05, JTA) And so how could the president of Iran now deny that the Holocaust ever happened when his nation is named for Hitler’s master race?

    Let there be no mistake, the ultimate agenda of Iran and Hamas—like that of Hitler’s Germany—is not simply the destruction of Israel, but of the Jewish people. But many—like we saw in the media as Hitler rose to power—prefer to put their heads in the sand hoping it will all go away. They say that President Ahmadinejad is just using anti-Semitic rhetoric to deflect having to deal with domestic problems, and that Hamas will soften when it has to deal with the responsibilities of power, like collecting the garbage.

    Remember, they also said this about Hitler, about the Ayatollah, and even the Taliban when they took control of Afghanistan. The Torah is clear, Amalek and Haman and all of Jewish history teach us that we must take our enemies for their word. They mean what they say and they say what they mean.

  • I love u Netanyahu and I stand with u in your address about Irans nuclear ambition and Isreals right to defend herself. March 3rd is a blood moon the day of your speech. I am a Christian God fearing man. Not only should those who reject your speech, but on every blood moon a catastrophic event happens to the people and nations who try to harm Isreal. The bible states that Isreal is forever, God said I will put my name forever, I proudly stand with you and Isreal. It is a sad thing to know that our leader “demon” does not care about the USA or Isreal. He hates christians and Isreal. We will see what God’s wrath is gonna be on him or our nation because of him. Wish you were our president “u are sucha caring, loving man. I support u in this speech and hope u can get it in this radical dictators head. Well good luck on that, He’s probly gonna pray to the perverted false prohet mohamad, what a idiot. Free me from this country, help me, I wanna go home to Isreal. “GOD BLESS ISREAL AND NETANYAHU” ISREAL SHALL REMAIN.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Keep up your pressure, Mr. Prime Minister.

    The western world need a powerful awakening and, it appears, that you are the only one withe the intelligence and courage to try to rouse them,

    Mickey Oberman

  • “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch and do nothing” – Albert Einstein

  • C S Gregg

    I feel John Boehner’s actions are completely out of line. Hosting a leader from another country is a big deal. A VERY EXPENSIVE big deal. The number of security required to protect the foreign visitor is very large. The checking out of the venue and the travel ways takes a lot of careful preparations. Is John Boehner paying for this or are the American taxpayers? Please someone research this and publish the costs. It is untenable that an individual can invite someone who is such a security risk as is Netanyahu of their own accord.

    Seriously Mr. Boehner who do you think you are? Surely not the President of the United States!

  • labman57

    Perhaps Benji N. should ask Johnny M. to join him in a duet, singing their rendition of “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran”.

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