Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on February 11, and Bibi has accepted. Boehner explained his decision to invite Netanyahu to speak before Congress in a press conference, Wednesday morning. Boehner said,
Boehner tells CNN that he did not consult the White House, and denies “poking anyone in the eye”.
Talk about your “sick burns.” I imagine this move that comes only one day after President Won’s SOTU, wiped that smug smile off his face.
Jeff Dunetz (Yid with Lid) writes, “you could almost hear the smack across the bow of the Obama administration Wednesday morning…”
Usually these things are scheduled along with an already scheduled foreign leader/POTUS meeting. This however was done without any corresponding Presidential meeting, or even a consultation with the White House or State Dept.
The invitation is meant to be a direct attack on President Obama’s Iran policy according to Boehner’s prepared remarks this morning to the House Republican conference.
You may have seen that on Friday, the president warned us not to move ahead with sanctions on Iran, a state sponsor of terror. His exact message to us was: ‘Hold your fire.’ He expects us to stand idly by and do nothing while he cuts a bad deal with Iran. Two words: ‘Hell no!’ … we’re going to do no such thing. So today I will announce that I am inviting the Prime Minister of Israel, a great friend of this country, to address a joint meeting of Congress next month. And I am specifically asking him to address Congress on the threats posed by radical Islam and Iran. America and Israel have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again. Let’s send a clear message to the White House – and the world – about our commitment to Israel and our allies.
The invitation for Netanyahu to speak to lawmakers on Feb. 11 comes hours after the President declared in his State of the Union address, he would veto any sanctions legislation.