House Speaker to Invite Netanyahu to Address Congress

By Hamodia Staff

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in 2015. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, announced on Thursday that he will extend an invitation to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress.

“This will be a timely and very strong show of support for the Israeli government in their time of greatest need,” Johnson stated during a speech at the annual Independence Day event at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

Johnson informed reporters on Wednesday that he plans to invite Netanyahu in the coming week, though a date for the address has not yet been set. This move would make Netanyahu the first foreign leader in history to address Congress four times, surpassing his own record of three addresses, which he shares with Winston Churchill.

Johnson emphasized that he would extend the invitation regardless of whether Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer agrees to a joint invitation.

The House Speaker also addressed the potential arrest warrants that could be issued by the International Criminal Court in The Hague against Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, expressing his pride that Washington remains united “in a bipartisan manner against this madness.”

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