This will be a huge news topic this week considering the tension between House Speaker John Boehner and the White House over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress. The divide has occurred because Congress itself made the formal invite and bypassed the Obama administration, which would normally be in charge of hosting foreign dignitaries and setting the agenda.

Report from the Washington Post:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming address to a joint meeting of Congress will probably be the most important speech of his career — and one that has already jeopardized relations between Israel and the United States.

On Tuesday morning, Netanyahu will confront an American president and insist that the future of the State of Israel, and the world, is imperiled by a pending “bad deal” with Iran on its nuclear program.

Also hanging in the balance is Netanyahu’s own political future. Just two weeks after the speech, Netanyahu will either be reelected to a historic fourth term as prime minister or be out of a job.

Netanyahu has spent three terms as Israeli prime minister focused on the dangers posed by Iran. In his first address to Congress in 1996, he warned that an atomic Iran would “presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind.”

Undoubtedly there will be reaction from many of the 2016 presidential candidates on both sides of this divide. We’ll bring some of that reaction tomorrow after the speech.


  1. Is there any precedent for Congress to ask a foreign power to send someone to lobby against another power at a time when we are considering attacking the second power in some way?

    Can Congress not make its own decisions?
    Do we need foreigners to tell us what to do?
    Doesn’t the Constitution have something to say about this?

    It’s not like there would be any question at all about what the foreign leader will lobby for. It’s just a piece of foreign propaganda on our soil.

    This has nothing to do with Iran. The question is, who is the “decider” of our foreign policy in that region?

    P.S. I attended a Jewish fundraiser last month, and contributed. I am not anti-Semitic. I am pro-Constitution.

  2. Elsewhere, I said that Hillary’s delaying her announcement is for HER benefit, and to the detriment of her party.

    I think the same could be said for Netanyahu, who is also running for office, and accepted the unorthodox invitation to speak here, for the greater power and glory of Bibi, and to the detriment of the State of Israel.

  3. PLEASE ! The Obama administration is offended by Congress by passing them? How many times has this administration shown disrespect by going around Congress to get things done that couldn’t be accomplished through legislation? In addition this administration has shown disrespect to Prime Minister Netanyayu on numerous occasions so spare me his righteous B.S. Finally I find the hypocrisy of a left wing rag like the Washington Com-Post to hint that Mr. Netanyahu has his re-election as a reason behind this but ignore President Obma’s massive executive action give away’s in 2012 amazing.

    If President Obama realized what goes around comes around and stop wasting time taking selfies he may get respect not only from foreign dignitaries but his own citizens.

    • I didn’t say anything about Obama or the administration, and I didn’t say anything about the fact that Boehner was playing political games. Games are what politics is all about.

      But when it comes to America’s foreign policy, I have repeatedly said that I don’t like that we have to consult with Israel before we say what our policy is, and yet, they keep surprising us with insane actions that we then have to try to rationalize to the rest of the world, as if we agreed.

      The political complaints I have is about Netanyahu using his control of OUR Congress as a political pitch during his own campaign–AND the fact that his gamesmanship is disrupting the alliance between the two countries.

      He is weakening Israel for his own, cheesy, personal political gain.

      • First off my post wasn’t a reply to your post so don’t get your panties twisted with me!
        Next it seems you have it backwards about who is influencing who’s foreign policy. The United States has been in the Middle east for how long now INFLUENING POLICY. THE PRESIDENT SENDS CAMPAIGN ADVISORS TO ISRAEL TO INFLUENCE AN ELECTION AND THE U.S. MAKES DEALS WITH ROGUE NATIONS OVER MISSILES THAT WILL INFLUENCE SECURITY AND POLICY FOR ISREAL (see link below)

      • Goethe…Let me add to your post and say what I think may have also been on your mind.

        The United States, Israel, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North
        Korea all have THE BOMB. Japan, for instance, has a vast civilian nuclear infrastructure. Experts believe that it could produce a nuclear weapon on short notice. In no other region of the world does a lone,unchecked nuclear state such as Israel exist. It is Israel’s nuclear arsenal, not Iran’s desire for one, that is contributing the loudest voice to the
        current crisis. In 1981, Israel bombed Iraq to prevent a challenge to its
        nuclear monopoly. It did the same to Syria in 2007 and is now considering similar
        action against Iran. These very acts, with the unwavering support of the United States, has allowed Israel to maintain its nuclear edge. Israel’s proven ability to strike potential nuclear
        rivals with impunity is the reason other countries are anxious to develop nuclear ability. Self preservation mode is universal to all nations. I read an interesting observation which said “Netanyahu tied Moses, Game of Thrones, and Iran all together in onespeech”. There is no question but what Pakistan, India and North Korea harbor deep ill will toward the United States yet we do not harass these governments over their nuclear programs. Israel is the largest recipient of US foreign aid since World War II, receiving billions of dollars military assistance a year over the last ten years, and many more billions over the decades prior. What does the US get in return for this? Congress allowing itself to be completely
        humiliated, dancing to the tune of a representative of a foreign power. Netanyahu’s

        Netanyahu’s invitation to speak to Congress came from Senator Boehner who was acting on the behest of Sheldon Adelson who is the Daddy Warbucks of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the majority of the Republican Party. Adelson owns Israel’s daily newspaper Makor
        Rashon. It is Israel’s Zionist religious right and he, also, owns NRG, an Israelite news website. To be sure all Israelites read his views, Adelson publishes a free newspaper, Israel Hayom, in order to freely promote his personal political views on a daily basis.

  4. Since this is an Open Thread:

    ObamaScare is challenged again: the Socialist Mandate by The Kenyan that has usurped Our White House (and his minions in-tow) unconstitutionally forcing all Americans to buy into a product with-or-without their will, or be penalized by threat of taxation or jail — is back to the Supreme Court.

    The question is will we put enough pressure on the Liberal scum that pollutes half of our Supreme Court — and make them accountable for their actions this time (forcing them to be constitutional scholars upholding the US Constitution…which is their ONLY JOB) or will the liberal faction disregard such duties, and go for social engineering again?

    If they fails US, again, time to consider Impeachment proceeding against the trespassers!

  5. The shame of our Congress to allow Netanyahu to speak, and thus force his Zionist pernicious propaganda down the throat of this US legislative body, and get applauded for it, and even get standing ovations!

    A foreigner, from a foreign nation, dared to tell us what to do — American soldiers to die to protect his terrorist State of Israel! How sick is this?!?!

    Arrogant lying Zionist Netanyahu’s full speech, in all his anti-American ugliness:

  6. Concessions, Appeasement and Lies best describes the long history of the negotiations between the United States and Iran. Below is an article that list the progress (?) of those discussions and answers the question as to why the administration doesn’t want Prime Minister Netanyahu to spill any details about the impending treaty. After all this administration has a history of demanding Congress and America has to pass legislation to find out what’s in it. We could always send in our secret weapon James Taylor to sing “You’ve got a friend” !

    The Commentary article entitled: “Enabling Iran’s Nuke’s”

    President Reagan and his “trust but verify” must be turning over in his grave !

    • Bob — so, you finally admit you are not an American, but an Israeli shill.

      I got you spotted from the very beginning — and, now you can no longer fool anyone.

  7. I can only think of two things Surfisher and I agree on. One is that Rand Paul is the best prospective GOP candidate. The other is that Israel has cost us much of our international respect and credibility, not to mention billions, plus American lives.

    Israel is not an “ally,” it’s what George Washington would call a “foreign entanglement.”

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