PressTV: Israeli politicians urge Netanyahu to cancel Congress speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to address a joint meeting of US Congress in Washington on May 24, 2011.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives to address a joint meeting of US Congress in Washington on May 24, 2011.

Israeli opposition leaders have called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his contentious planned speech before the US Congress.

Israeli Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog said on Saturday that the speech “endangers … the special relationship between Israel and the US.”

“Netanyahu must act as an Israeli patriot and not throw Israel’s security under the wheels of the elections bus,” Herzog said, referring to Israel’s March 17 general elections.

Last month, US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to Congress to speak about the “threat” of Iran’s nuclear program while Tehran and world powers are still negotiating to reach a final nuclear agreement.

The invitation to address the new Republican-dominated Congress was extended without consultation with the White House or the State Department.

Israeli Finance Minister and centrist leader Yair Lapid also criticized the scheduled speech, saying that Netanyahu is “causing great damage to Israel’s strategic relationship with the US.”

“Bibi has succeeded in alienating the White House and now half of Congress,” Lapid noted, adding, “It’s a political act aimed only at garnering a few more votes in the elections.”

Zahava Gal-On, the leader of the left-wing Meretz party, also called for the cancellation of the March 3 address.

Israel and the US have been at odds over the controversial speech. In the latest blow to Israel, US Vice President Joe Biden’s office said in a statement on Saturday that he would skip the address.

Moreover, the White House has said US President Barack Obama would not meet with Netanyahu during his trip to Washington.

A State Department official stated that Secretary of State John Kerry would also not meet with the Israeli premier.

Netanyahu, who is against a comprehensive Iran nuclear accord, has been repeatedly trying to persuade congressmen to vote in favor of additional sanctions against Tehran.

Obama has threatened to veto new Iran sanctions legislation.

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6 Responses to PressTV: Israeli politicians urge Netanyahu to cancel Congress speech

  1. GeorgeLogan says:

    Let’s call them “ANTI-SEMITES”, all those people who do not want Bibi to speak.
    …as non Jews who oppose some outrageous Zionist action would be?
    Perhaps they should be called that, so they can feel how unfair and over-used this weaponized word is !

  2. Kieron says:

    Wow, even Joe Does-As-He’s-Bidden, the avowed Zionist, will skip the address. Something’s up.

    Ah, the special relationship between Israel and the US– master and his golem. Such a heartwarming image! If readers don’t know the word golem, I suggest you look it up because that’s exactly what the US has turned into.

    • Watcher (Nancy) says:

      Kieron: I agree! Something IS up…..
      The general tenor of resentment in the general population, …
      …. an “awareness” of the HOLY-wood filth / main stream media / entertainment-brain deadening / BIG business / deadly Monsanto / takeover of education / political master-minding control / eternal killing wars ….. that is directly and indirectly promulgated by the Zionists… ( who are, regardless of how many people attempt to portray a difference; “Jews”) – is growing like the chemtrails in the skies over the United States.

      Not an encouraging looming state of affairs.

      Now this seeming “stepping to the beat of a different drum” regarding this AWFUL murderous cold-eyed ‘person’ arrogantly “taking over the stage here in the US”. Especially coming from Biden, who always does his ‘bidding’…..

  3. I have a dream. CSPAN live coverage of the Solicitor General and Provost Martial entering the halls of Congress and interrupting Netanyahu’s speech. A contingent of Navy Seals accompany these officials who proceed to place key Congressional leaders (traitors) under arrest. Netanyahu is also taken into custody and extradited to be tried before the International Criminal Court. All other Senators and Representatives are suspended from traveling outside Washington, D.C. until they each submit sworn testimony as to their involvement in the silent coup which has overtaken the legislature. Supreme Court justices are subjected to the same protocols. The Executive (President) is taken into custody and dismissed from office for providing a forged birth certificate. (no joke) Deals for amnesty are made with those who are forthcoming with information that exposes the massive racketeering schemes.

  4. Sacredpeaks says:

    I always enjoy good news! It appears that the tides are changing. Thank you Jean!

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