Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits D.C. - NWI Times

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits D.C.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in D.C. and speaking on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

  • Franken skipping Netanyahu speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken says he will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday

    Franken, who is Jewish, said the event has become a “partisan spectacle” in part because House Speaker John Boehner arranged it without first advising President Barack Obama. Franken said it’s also inappropriate coming a few weeks before the Israeli elections. The former Saturday Night Live writer and actor said he’d feel uncomfortable being part of an event that, “I don’t believe should be happening.


    by WTOP News via Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits D.C. 3/3/2015 10:48:56 AM
  • Obama-Netanyahu relations never promised happily-ever-after


    WASHINGTON (AP) — This was never happily-ever-after waiting to happen.

    When President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult.

    The cerebral president and the brash prime minister have stark differences in personality, politics and world view.

    Still, few could have predicted the downward spiral of backbiting, lecturing and outright name-calling that has occurred.

    Start with the differences between Obama and Netanyahu, add in disagreements over Iran’s nuclear program, a Republican-led Congress trying to assert itself and the coming Israeli elections, and it becomes “the perfect storm of potential broken crockery in the U.S.-Israeli relationship,” says the Wilson Center’s Aaron Miller, who was a Mideast adviser and negotiator for Republican and Democratic administrations.

    A look at how the dynamic between Obama and Netanyahu has played out over the years can be found on

    by WTOP News via Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits D.C. 3/3/2015 10:49:56 AM
  • There are two different protests to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit and speech on Capitol Hill, WTOP's Nick Iannelli reports.

    by WTOP News via Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits D.C. 3/3/2015 10:54:53 AM
  • Dueling rallies during Netanyahu's address

    WASHINGTON — Groups from around the country will gather on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning with two very different messages as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a closely-watched address to Congress.

    According to the advocacy group “ANSWER Coalition,” protesters will meet on the north side of the U.S. Capitol Building to voice their opposition to the Netanyahu address.  They claim the prime minister’s stance on Iran, including his desire for additional sanctions, is liable to spark a war against Iran involving Israel and the U.S.

    In a news release, protesters said it was “an outrage” Netanyahu was invited to speak in front of Congress.

    Meanwhile, on the west end of the U.S. Capitol Building, pro-Netanyahu demonstrators will gather in a show of support.

    An advocacy group called “Endowment for Middle East Truth” issued a statement, saying the rally is meant to focus on the “imminent danger of a nuclear Iran.”  According to the group, a nuclear deal with Iran would be a threat to Israel, the U.S. and other nations around the world.

    Nuclear talks are ongoing between Iran and six world powers, known as “p5+1.”

    Netanyahu has said any nuclear deal with Iran would threaten Israel’s survival, while the Obama administration claims a potential deal would allow the international community to ensure Iran does not become armed with a nuclear weapon.


    by WTOP News via Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits D.C. 3/3/2015 12:03:37 PM
  • Netanyahu to use Congress’ bully pulpit to assail Iran talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seizing the bully pulpit of the U.S. House to deliver his stern message about the danger Iran poses to his nation’s survival and voice reservations about any nuclear deal President Barack Obama and international negotiators might sign with Israel’s archenemy.


    Netanyahu insists he is privy to emerging details of a deal and is expected to lay out specific concerns in Tuesday’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress. It will be a last-ditch effort for Netanyahu to speak out against any agreement that would leave open a chance for Tehran to develop nuclear weapons.

    The controversial speech comes just two weeks ahead of a tight national election in which Netanyahu is fighting to hold onto his job. It has already aggravated strained relations between Israel and the Obama administration and it comes as negotiators are rushing to reach a nuclear agreement by the end of the month.

    “I plan to speak about an Iranian regime that is threatening to destroy Israel, that’s devouring country after country in the Middle East, that’s exporting terror throughout the world and that is developing, as we speak, the capacity to make nuclear weapons — lots of them,” Netanyahu told America’s leading pro-Israel lobby on Monday in what amounted to a warm-up to his speech to Congress.


    by WTOP News via Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits D.C. 3/3/2015 12:04:59 PM
  • Congressional Reps and ticket holders are making their way to the house chamber for #NetanyahuSpeech @mccirincione
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  • Three local politicians are skipping Netanyahu's speech to Congress. They are: Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards, and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
    by WTOP via Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits D.C. 3/3/2015 3:49:14 PM
  • To "stand with Israel" you first have to "stand in the hallway."

  • Kerry working on Iran nuke deal, Netanyahu to criticize it

    WTOPMONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Senior U.S. and Iranian officials kicked off the second day of the latest round of nuclear negotiations here on Tuesday as Israel’s leader prepared to deliver a speech to Congress denouncing…
    by WTOP via Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits D.C. 3/3/2015 4:04:21 PM
  • Foreign talks to Congress often a yawn, but not Netanyahu’s


    WASHINGTON (AP) — Given anywhere else, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech Tuesday wouldn’t cause such a fuss.

    But a foreign leader denouncing U.S. policy from within the grand hall of American democracy upends nearly two centuries of tradition.

    A joint meeting of Congress, gathering senators and representatives together in the House chamber, is a ceremony typically bestowed on one or two friendly foreign leaders per year. It looks a lot like a presidential State of the Union address. The speaker embodies his or her nation; the audience of lawmakers represents all Americans.

    Unity and shared purpose are the standard themes. Standing ovations are a given.

    “It establishes there is a strong bond between the two nations,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. “In that context, a speech that provokes controversy at home or abroad is problematic.

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  • Israeli leader thanks US, Obama for aid, warns about Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thanking the United States and President Barack Obama for aiding Israel, and warning of the threat that Iran poses to Israel's survival.

    Netanyahu on Tuesday defended his controversial speech to Congress. He said he regretted that it was being perceived as political. 

    Netanyahu, who received a warm welcome upon his arrival in the U.S. House, said he appreciated the American aid, including military assistance to build the Iron Dome missile defense system. 

    He said he had a profound obligation to speak about the danger from Iran and said all efforts must be made to stop it from developing a nuclear weapon.

    Netanyahu spoke as the United States and other Western nations engaged in negotiations with Iran to curb its nuclear program.

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