GOP Invite Netanyahu to Address Joint Session of Congress
But here’s the best part- the purpose of this invite is to allow Bibi an opportunity to undermine the Obama administration’s proposal for Mideast peace because there is talk that President Obama may speak to this issue shortly in a renewed push to jump-start talks. Let me say that again: The Congress of the United States is purposely giving the leader of a foreign country the floor of the House of Representatives for the purpose of undermining the President of the United States’ foreign policy.
Can you name one other country where this would be deemed appropriate. No, you can’t.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give a Mideast peace policy speech in front of U.S. Congress in late May, Haaretz learned on Thursday, in an attempt to counter a speech expected to deal with U.S. Mideast policy by President Barack Obama.
The office of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner confirmed the report, saying Boehner’s will invite Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress during a visit to Washington next month.
On Thursday it was announced that the premier received official invitation to speak before Congress due to the support of Republican congressmen, and following several weeks in which he and his staff had been attempting to procure such an invitation.
Netanyahu is expected to speak at the same week in which he is scheduled to address the AIPAC conference due to take place on May 22.
His address is expected to serve as a sort of response to an upcoming Mideast policy speech by Obama.
MJ Rosenberg gives us a little recent-history lesson about Bibi:
This is one of the benefits of having a Republican House at the same time that a Likud prime minister is in office in Israel. The two right-wing parties can work together to thwart any Democratic president’s attempt to advance U.S. national security by brokering Middle East peace.
The last time this happened was in the 1990s, when Bill Clinton was president, Newt Gingrich was speaker, and the self-same Netanyahu was Israel’s prime minister. Netanyahu, joyously anticipating Clinton’s defeat for a second term, worked with the Republicans to subvert Clinton. Douglas Bloomfield, AIPAC’s long-time legislative director, recalled:
No Israeli leader was as adept at playing partisan American politics, nor as disruptive as the American-educated Netanyahu, who understood the politics of divided government. Even before becoming prime minister, he joined forces with Gingrich against common enemies: then-President Bill Clinton, Rabin and the Oslo peace process. Their goal was to make sure all three failed.
Gingrich was happy to play this game with Netanyahu, but he is more than matched by Cantor, who is not only a pro-Likud zealot but has also publicly admitted that he would use his position to help Netanyahu withstand any pressure from his own President.
Of course the MSM won’t bring any of this up. Everyone knows Bibi Netanyahu has spent his public career trying to ensure a two-state solution never happens. Those who have paid attention also know that he has actually stated he used Oslo to expand more settlements and bragged about how easy the U.S. is to control:
A newly released video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could add some additional strain to the sometimes tense relationship between him and President Obama.
In the video, which is from 2001, Netanyahu — who reportedly did not know his speech was being recorded — speaks frankly in Hebrew about relations with the Clinton White House and the peace process.
As noted in Haaretz, Netanyahu seems to boast of his knowledge of the US by saying, “I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in their way.”
He also boasts of manipulating the U.S. in the ongoing peace process, as the Washington Post points out:
“They asked me before the election if I’d honor [the Oslo accords],” he said. “I said I would, but … I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders. How did we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as I’m concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone. Go argue.”