Democratic Rage Grows Over Planned Netanyahu Address To Congress

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still peeved over Republicans’ decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Asked Friday if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would be well-advised to speak out in favor of heavier sanctions on Iran somewhere other than a joint meeting of Congress, Pelosi said “the opportunities are great,” and noted that the Israeli leader often appears on Sunday talk shows in the U.S.

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She also was asked if most House Democrats would attend a Netanyahu speech to Congress. “I don’t know,” Pelosi replied.

“With all the respect in the world for the prime minister, and all the love in the world for the state of Israel, I don’t know that even everyone in Israel is supportive of the invitation,” she told journalists at a Democratic retreat in Philadelphia.

Netanyahu has been an outspoken critic of the international efforts to negotiate a deal with Iran, which does not recognize the Jewish state, and supports anti-Israeli militants like Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas.

He’s sensitive, though, to Israel’s important relationship with the United States.

This week, Netanyahu called Pelosi, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic leader, and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, in hopes of blunting their opposition to the invitation he got from House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress.

Congressional aides say the calls so far have not changed the minds of the senior Democrats, who think the invitation turns sensitive international negotiations to reach an agreement that would prevent Iran from having the capability to develop a nuclear weapon into a partisan ploy.

They say none of the Democratic leaders who spoke with Netanyahu on the phone asked the Israeli leader not to speak to Congress on March 3.

The timing of the speech is at issue too.

March 3 is just 21 days ahead of when the U.S. and its international partners are supposed to have reached a framework agreement with Iran — one that would provide an outline for a more comprehensive deal set to be finalized by the end of June.

Senate Democrats this week offered to withhold their support for legislation that would levy more sanctions on Iran until after March 24, and only then if it doesn’t look like a final deal is going to materialize. Netanyahu’s speech, in which he likely would reiterate his opposition to Iran, would be broadcast from Capitol Hill just as negotiators were trying to wrap up the framework.

Boehner has defended his decision, saying the House is an equal branch of government and has the right to invite the Israeli leader to “talk to the members of Congress about the serious threat that Iran poses and the serious threat of radical Islam.”

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Riechmann reported from Washington.

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53 Replies to “Democratic Rage Grows Over Planned Netanyahu Address To Congress”

  1. That is just rich using Hamas since it was the Israelis who help create Hamas to counter Fatah
    Hamas is a Creation of Mossad
    http://globalresearch.ca/articles/ZER403A.html

    Thanks to the Mossad, Israel’s “Institute for Intelligence and Special Tasks”, the Hamas was allowed to reinforce its presence in the occupied territories. Meanwhile, Arafat’s Fatah Movement for National Liberation as well as the Palestinian Left were subjected to the most brutal form of repression and intimidation

    Let us not forget that it was Israel, which in fact created Hamas. According to Zeev Sternell, historian at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Israel thought that it was a smart ploy to push the Islamists against the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)”.

    We will not get very far unless truth see the light of day

  2. I wonder how much we the people are spending to protect the criminal while hes here. We should bill “the orange one” for it since its his invite.

  3. Does Boehner even know how Congress is supposed to work? Can you imagine if Dems had invited a world leader to ‘speak with Congress’ while Bush was in office? They’d have been called traitors, and asked to leave Congress. And Fox would have been beating the treason drums the loudest. Now, though, poor misunderstood John can do whatever the heck he wants to undermine the nation, and NOT do his job, which is working for the people, and all is right in Fox/Koch/ALEC/GOP land.

  4. hey Pelosi… show Boehner you have a bigger pair than him… announce that the Democratic Caucus will NOT attend… push Reid and the Senate to do the same…

    Boehner and Netanyahu are NOT the foreign affairs policy makers in the United States…

    please do not participate and help legitimize this train wreck…

  5. Since Boehner – as an “equal branch of government” … is now making US Foreign Policy … does that mean that the White House gets to write laws?

  6. What started off as a crass self serving political move on the part of Boehner and Netanyahu has turned into a spectacular flaming ball of fuck-up.

  7. Between this FU and the RNC going to Israel paid for by a hate group denying jews have a right to be here in the USA, what is the message? It’s common to see the GOP shooting itself in the foot, but they seem hellbent on pissing off everyone in the country. WTF???

  8. I hope the Democrats do attend, then in the middle of Bibi’s speech they should stand up in unison, turn their backs and walk out. Bibi and Boehner are two of a kind. Partisian warmongers who think they can crash the sensitive negotiations with the Iranians, and also humiliate our President. Bibi is being criticized by the people in his own government who see him as interfering with US government policies, and they are concerned over the consequences that might follow. Don’t forget the US sends billions to Israel each year. I believe this will backfire on these two dolts, and very well could cost Bibi his election.

  9. See this is the problem
    75 Senators Sign Letter to Kerry Defending Israeli War Crimes, Demanding More Palestinian Suffering

    Yesterday, Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) led a group of 75 senators in writing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to counter the Palestinian Authority’s effort to join the International Criminal Court and to terminate humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian Authority. The letter further argues that Israel was entirely justified in killing over 1,400 civilians in Gaza last summer.
    http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/mobile/press-releases?ID=e725ab45-e3ae-45a2-981d-3ec465bb1852

  10. hey Pelosi… show Boehner you have a bigger pair than him… announce that the Democratic Caucus will NOT attend… push Reid and the Senate to do the same…
    ““““
    Great idea…melt the phone lines.

    There’s just one problem….

    Dems getting all surly and sulky will elevate Republicans optically as the global statesmen, and the contrast that will be seen between a petulant minority party and the determined Republican majorities in Congress will be quite striking.

    Dems boycott or stage a walk- out and I’ll be grinning like a cheshire cat.

    Trust me, your side doesn’t want me to be grinning.

  11. Really? Most countries in the world view Israel just like Apartheid South Africa, a parasite. The only reason they get away with it is because the US veto every resolution that condemns them. Now you can sniff your panties and think that Israel is a champion of Democracy but it is not.

    The world is watching because they know Iran has never invaded another country in over 150 years while Israel has over and over again bomb, invaded and occupied other nations.

    See you see this through your white eyes and white is right but the world is not white and Israel has no morality in this play. You have been warned

  12. You should spend a little time reading foreign news sources online. If you do, you’d discover that the GOP/TP is only a success in the eyes of RW Americans. Everyone else is laughing at you.

  13. Just clicked on at the Haaretz opinion page, hilarious!!!!
    From excessive spending at the Netanyahu
    residences, to pilfering of money by Mrs
    Netanyahu, to treatment of servants – I did not think they were allowed to speak out like this, but for a laugh it is a worthwhile read.

  14. The Dems should boycott his appearance, denounce it. This is not about support of Israel, but condemning the voice of a cruel dictator who want to control our foreign policy. With God’s blessing he will be defeated in his upcoming election and there will finally be peace in Israel.

  15. I have told Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, Pelosi, Reid, and the DNC that is Democrats fail to boycott this Netanyahu address to Congress I will close my checkbook the the whole lot of them.

  16. I just think that Netanyahoo’s diplomatic visa should be revoked (after all, it’s very close to his election…), but he should be free to apply for a visa to come as a private citizen or business visitor. If he completes the application process and qualifies successfully, he should be permitted to visit under that status, and subject to all associated conditions.

    And I think that an announcement to that effect go to the media – national and international.

  17. Rep. Yarmuth (D-KY): ‘As a Jew in Congress my first obligation is to the United States, not Israel.’

    “You know, I’m a Jewish member of Congress, I’m a strong supporter of Israel, but my first obligation is to the Constitution of the United States, not to the Constitution of Israel. And unfortunately, I think, some of the demands that are made of members by AIPAC and some strong Jewish supporters are that we pay more attention — I guess we defer — to Israel more than we defer to the United States.”
    […]

    “And you know, a lot of it has to do with fundraising.”
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/democratic-congressman-a-lot-of-strong-gop-support-for-israe#.xo7VVKY3pW

  18. You should spend a little time reading foreign news sources online. If you do, you’d discover that the GOP/TP is only a success in the eyes of RW Americans. Everyone else is laughing at you.
    “““““
    Foreign news sources? That’s your appeal to some sort of higher authority? I certainly have no doubt you can find plenty that will offer you an echo on a feedback loop.

    Let me ask you this…would Americans know how “successful” Steven Harper is? Or how about Haider al-Abadi? Akihito or Manuel Valls? How many would even know who these foreign leaders are , much less be adequately informed of their individual views to offer a valid opinion or criticism?
    Why would you give any credence to foreign opinion on either the GOP or even Obama for that matter?
    What’s your point?

  19. Harper is so successful that the loonie is losing its value to the point that the major sports teams that pay its players in dollars are losing money by the boatload

  20. When you disrespect our President then we will find the dirt on your war criminal ass

    Netanyahu Worked Inside Nuclear Smuggling Ring

    Counterespionage debriefing reveals how Israel targeted U.S.
    On June 27, 2012, the FBI partially declassified and released seven additional pages [.pdf] from a 1985–2002 investigation into how a network of front companies connected to the Israeli Ministry of Defense illegally smuggled nuclear triggers out of the U.S.* The newly released FBI files detail how Richard Kelly Smyth — who was convicted of running a U.S. front company — met with Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel during the smuggling operation. At that time, Netanyahu worked at the Israeli node of the smuggling network, Heli Trading Company. Netanyahu, who currently serves as Israel’s prime minister, recently issued a gag order that the smuggling network’s unindicted ringleader refrain from discussing “Project Pinto.”
    http://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2012/07/03/netanyahu-worked-inside-nuclear-smuggling-ring/

  21. The woman looks like a pig. This isn’t the first time they have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar. The are suited to each other, corrupt to the core.

  22. We don’t care about whether you’re grinning or not. Only someone with the emotional maturity of a 14-year-old boy would think he were that important. (Or that the Republicans in Congress are determined, strong, competent, or can be characterized by ANY positive adjective).

  23. Here’s why any intelligent person would give credence to foreign opinion: even the USA needs allies. And as we continue to collapse both monetarily and physically, we’re going to need all the allies we can get. And Israel will not be stepping up to the plate, I can assure you.

    Jackass.

  24. JustADumbFireman at 12:11 pm

    Here’s why any intelligent person would give credence to foreign opinion: even the USA needs allies.
    ““““`
    A declaration made by an anonymous poster on the internet about some supposed assertions made by uncertain “foreign news sources” convinces you these monstrously vague life forms have a credible claim and I need to treat it seriously, big fella?

    Majiir never mentioned anything about the opinion of allies and neither did I.

    .
    .

    Israel will not be stepping up to the plate, I can assure you.
    ~~~~~~~
    If Israel makes the determination that Iran has become capable of building the bomb, and ALSO believes they have the military capability of damaging/setting back Iran’s nuclear program, Israel will act, I can assure you.

  25. Reply to JustADumbFireman at 12:04 pm

    We don’t care about whether you’re grinning or not.
    “““`
    Having Democrats in Congress making an ill-considered PR move that will help Republicans isn’t important to you.

    Sure. Whatever you say.

    How long you are you going to whine at me?
    I’ve got stuff to do.

  26. But they don’t have the capability to attack Iran that’s why they want to drag us into war but your hatred of a black President blinds you to the fact and then when the dust settles you will be the first one to say how was I such an idiot

  27. djchefron at 2:13 pm

    they don’t have the capability to attack Iran that’s why they want to drag us into war
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    At one time, information was leaked that Israel had an arrangement with Azerbaijan for Israeli bombers to land there and refuel on their way back from bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    We don’t know exactly what Israel is capable of.
    .
    .
    your hatred of a black President blinds you
    ~~~~~
    Would you please dispense with this absurd accusation once and for all.
    Or can I start referring to you as an anti-semite?

  28. When a foreign head of state or dignitary is in the US for a formal working visit or state visit, the Speaker can issue an invitation for the leader to address a joint meeting, and informs the Executive branch before the invitation is issued. It happens once or twice a year and has since the 1940s.

    HOWEVER! This time Netanyahu was neither scheduled for a working visit nor a state visit and it’s just weeks before Israel’s early election. Boehner was 100% wrong to issue the invitation in this case. He knows the protocol involved because he’s issued such invitations before. This has political theatrics written all over it. In Israel, Netanyahu is getting just as much heat over this and Boehner is here. It will be interesting to see how they get themselves out of the mess they created.

  29. DO you even know where Azerbaijan is located at? Lets say no. First the shortest route would be flying over Lebanon then over Syria with a quick jaunt through Turkey. Should I stop or forego the foreplay and just say you are an idiot

  30. I would just add Israel has no long range bombers and the planes that could carry out this insanity would have to be refuel in air. Put call of duty down and try reading sometimes start with Janes defense

  31. Oh this shit gets better. Azerbaijan is Islamic and are part of the Shia sect which also happens to be the Iranians dominant religion. You Charlie really cant be this stupid?

  32. What message will it say to Israel that an anti-semitic is paying for the republican trip to Israel?
    Are republicans THAT stupid??

  33. You Charlie really cant be this stupid?
    ““““

    Do you have proof that the Azeris are not contemplating life after Iran’s regional ambitions are cut down to size by an Israeli attack?

  34. Iran has been around for thousands of years and yet not one of you can point to where Iran has invaded another country in at least 150 years. How long has Azeris have a country? 1990.

    I know you think of things from a warped view of Christianity that since I am white then I am right. You must civilize the savages because your god deem so.

    The world is not fox news bites that prey on your ignorance. Wake the fuk up and read and learn from people outside your bubble.

    I troll you because I know you are an intelligent women. I just wish and since you keep coming back you have questions of what you were taught and something’s not right

  35. djchefron at 4:17 pm

    not one of you can point to where Iran has invaded another country in at least 150 years.
    “““““`
    Iran is terror central.
    It bankrolls and provides arms to Hamas, Hezbollah and all sorts of Islamic terrorists organizations. If the US tacitly concedes its resignation to Iran becoming a nuclear power, then other countries will follow suite in creating their own nukes, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
    And that kind of proliferation certainly increases the risk of nuclear war.
    .
    .
    I know you think of things from a warped view of Christianity that since I am white then I am right.
    “““`
    Headdesk. Headdesk. Headdesk.
    .
    .
    I just wish and since you keep coming back you have questions of what you were taught and something’s not right
    ““““
    Dj…if I hung around voices that agreed with me all the time I’d go nuts.

    ttyl

  36. Hamas was created by Israeli dumbass
    Hamas is a Creation of Mossad
    http://globalresearch.ca/articles/ZER403A.html

    Iran terror central? Pray tell what act of terror was Iran involved in? Khobar tower don’t count since that was never proven.

    Hezbollah? Hezbollah was conceived by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, and was primarily formed to offer resistance to the Israeli occupation
    Guess what else happen in 1982?
    1982: Refugees massacred in Beirut camps
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/september/17/newsid_2519000/2519637.stm
    Yippe Ki Yay how you like your it now

  37. And for the past three Israeli elections, more than 90 percent of Netanyahu’s campaign funds have come from the United States, often from conservative donors. “Thank you, rich Americans!” 27-year-old Likud activist Yonatan Benizri exclaimed during Netanyahu’s recent campaign kickoff, according to BuzzFeed.
    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international/230613-the-emerging-republican-israel-symbiosis

    I ask again, where do your allegiance lie? With the United States or likud?

  38. He said he has the right to do it. Well nobody ever said he didn’t have the right to do it. It’s just that it’s a totally punk-ass thing to do.

  39. If you actually had stuff to do you wouldn’t be trolling around here coming up with juvenile comebacks.

    Have you ever lived or worked in another country? Do you speak anything besides English? Are you aware that there’s actually a world out there and that the USA does not own or control it, much as it would like to?

  40. All the Christian people (GOP voters) have to do is look up on how Israel treats the Christian sector. If they still love Bibi after that, then there is simply nothing else to day.

  41. If you actually had stuff to do you wouldn’t be trolling around here coming up with juvenile comebacks.
    “““““
    I’m terribly saddened that you don’t seem to appreciate seeing a different POV and don’t appreciate my contributions to the dialogue.
    Words are scary to you?

  42. No surprise here. The DNC by voice vote eliminated God from their party but the moderator denied them realizing that hating God and Israel is not a way to win over votes.

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