Speaker Boehner, Cancel Netanyahu's Address to Congress
U.S. Representative from Oregon
nothing of stability in the Middle East, Speaker Boehner must cancel the joint
session of Congress with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. If he does not, I
will refuse to be part of a reckless act of political grandstanding.
The Republicans may have read the Constitution on the House floor, but they
don't seem to understand Article II, which vests the responsibility for foreign
affairs in the president.
If the invitation was aimed to extract a better deal from Iran and protect
our friend and ally Israel, then the speaker miscalculated, for it will do the
opposite. If the invitation was aimed at scoring political points by
undermining the administration, it's deeply troubling that the speaker is
willing to undercut diplomacy in exchange for theatrics on the House floor.
The U.S. is in the midst of high-stakes diplomacy between five major powers
and Iran. A joint session, organized in this manner, at this time, undermines
the only way of stopping a nuclear-armed Iran: a negotiated solution.
Preventing this would be not only inappropriate but extremely dangerous. Let me
be clear: I would oppose such tactics by any speaker, Democrat or Republican.
Leadership serious about bolstering Israel's security should be focused on
using the historic, multilateral sanctions in place today that have brought
Iran to the table. Sidestepping the White House in this way could easily
fracture the united front America has built with Russia, China, Germany, and
Iran's extremists are eagerly awaiting any excuse to walk away from an
agreement. If negotiations do fail to progress, it must be crystal-clear that
it was Iran, not the U.S., who failed. This will be critical if we're to have
the mandate needed to respond accordingly, and in a multilateral way in the
Netanyahu is finding this visit to be extraordinarily controversial within
his own country. To schedule the joint session immediately before a national
election is a dangerous and reckless precedent. I will not dignify this
irresponsible joint session -- an affront to diplomacy, process, and security
-- with my presence. Congress ought to heed the advice of experts. As former
Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren recently stated when asked about
the ill-timed joint session, "It's advisable to cancel the speech to
Congress so as not to cause a rift with the American government."
There's still time for Speaker Boehner to reconsider his ill-advised effort.
Wait until Israelis have cast their ballots, and find out if the time on the
clock for negotiations runs out.
I will not participate in a calculated slight from the speaker and the House leadership
to attack necessary diplomacy. When nuclear security and Middle East stability
hang in the balance, no member who cares about peace and Israel should
participate in this effort to undercut our president.
Thanks to God Almighty that the speaker ultimately was
brought down to think that the prestige and dignity of US is more important
than to invite an individual in violations of all rules and regulations and
protocol is but a gross wrong dong particularly by being the Speaker of the
In addition, the nation that reared and looked after security of Netanyahu and
his entire nation Israel, giving the Israelis the status of being its best
friend and best of the trusted ally in Mid East. He Netanyahu is set to insult
such country's national protocol through using the Speaker of the congress is
just nothing but horrendous act of sabotage to which the JEWISH community
pushed back such an invitation with loath and scorn at the idiocy of Netanyahu
PM of Israel.
The Speaker, Boehenner as usual was used by Israel's PM realized his wrong step
to having invited him without the knowledge of the Pentagon administration
tantamount to a gross wrongdoing and a highly grave blunder on his part as a
Thank God good sense prevailed after the US JEWISH community rebuffed the
invitation to which Netanyahu's comment infuriated the Jewish community further
that impacted the thinking of the Speaker to change his mind and cancel the
invitation of Netanyahu.