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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner

Despite the criticism he’s received, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner does not regret inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress in early March.

In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Boehner said he notified the White House of his decision only on the morning that he extended the invitation to Netanyahu.

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“There’s nobody in the world who can talk about the threat of radical terrorism, nobody can talk about the threat that the Iranians pose, not just to the Middle East and to Israel, but to the entire world, but Bibi Netanyahu,” Boehner said in the interview.

Boehner criticized President Obama for failing to take the threat of terrorism and the Iranian nuclear threat seriously.

Asked about passing additional sanctions on Iran to stop its nuclear program, Boehner said he thinks “the House believes that more sanctions, if they don’t come to an agreement, are in order.”

Republican Senator John McCain defended Boehner’s decision to invite Netanyahu. McCain said he feels the relationship between the Israeli and the American governments has deteriorated, and suggested that the Iran issue has likely contributed to the worsening ties.

“I do believe that it’s important that Prime Minister Netanyahu speak to the American people,” McCain said. “We need congressional ratification of any agreement that is made [with Iran].”

Netanyahu addressed the Iran issue Monday during a visit to Israel Aerospace Industries’ Systems, Missiles and Space Group.

“The agreement now being forged between the major powers and Iran is unacceptable to Israel,” Netanyahu said.

“This agreement is dangerous to Israel, to the region and to the world…. I, as prime minister, stand up and say this unequivocally: We will do everything in order to prevent the arming of Iran with nuclear weapons capabilities.’

Meanwhile, Israeli Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran is expected to rule in the coming days on whether Israeli media outlets will be permitted to air Netanyahu’s address to Congress, which will take place two weeks before Knesset elections.

Joubran requested that Netanyahu personally respond by Feb. 1 to Meretz Party leader Zehava Gal-On’s petition that the speech not be televised on the ground that it would constitute electioneering.

—   Reporting by Yoni Hirsch, Shlomo Cesana, and Gideon Allon for Israel Hayom, exclusively via JNS

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Yaakov Zelig You are an ignorant idiot who hates the resident so much that you like McConnell and Boeher cannot say enough bad things about him! You need to know that the US has not been attacked while President Obama has been in charge and Bibi, with the greatest intelligence agency in the world cannot say the same thing. I think Bibi is coming here to warn the US against the low life anti Semitic Jew haters in the republican controlled house and senate and to all their ignorant followers! You are aware that there are NO Jewish republicans in the house or senate and the one Jewish house member there was, was thrown out big time in the last election! Every single Jew in the US congress and senate is a Democrat and that should tell you how wrong you are!

  2. Oh Edward Lobel. !.. Put the Pin Hat on – you have earned it in spades. Are you a US Citizen. Really ? Jewish or Gentile if you 'aint any good you will probably always loose in the US. Do you want some schlub who wares a donkey hat on the Senate floor just because he is a Democrat. That is what you are saying putz.

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