US Senate, House Leaders invite Netanyahu to address US Congress

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Published: 2024-06-01 19:15

Last Updated: 2024-07-14 16:20


“Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill. (March 3, 2015) (Photo: AP)
“Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill. (March 3, 2015) (Photo: AP)

Democratic and Republican leaders of the US Senate and House of Representatives have invited the Israeli Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress.

Despite the occupation’s aggression against Gaza, the bipartisan invitation, signed by Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, aims “to build on [their] enduring relationship and to highlight America's solidarity with Israel” as per the letter.

Addressing joint meetings of Congress by foreign leaders is a rare honor typically reserved for the closest US allies or significant global figures. If Netanyahu accepts the invitation, he will become the first foreign leader to address Congress four times, surpassing the record held by Britain's wartime prime minister, Winston Churchill.