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Netanyahu to speak at joint session of US Congress next month – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 04:09:51

The timing of the appeal was first reported by Punchbowl News. Congressional representatives extended a formal invitation to Netanyahu late last month. In a May 31 letter, President Mike Johnson, along with Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell and Hakeem Jeffries, called on Netanyahu to appear before Congress “to share the Israeli government’s vision of defending democracy, fighting terrorism and create a just and lasting peace in the region.”

Several Democrats have already said they plan to boycott the speech because of Netanyahu’s focus on the Gaza war. They expressed concern that his speech could increase tensions in Congress.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin said he would not have invited Netanyahu to Congress if the Israeli leader had not first committed to a two-state solution. Senator Bernie Sanders previously called the Israeli prime minister a “war criminal” and said he would not attend the speech.

President Joe Biden has publicly criticized Netanyahu’s actions in recent months and said more needs to be done to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. On the same day that congressional leaders extended an invitation to Netanyahu, Biden announced the truce plan. The deal, he said, would pave the way for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and lead to the release of all hostages held there since October 2023. The next day, Netanyahu called a permanent ceasefire “unfruitful.” in the Gaza Strip unless certain Israeli conditions were met.

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