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US Official: Netanyahu "Spat in Our Face"

by Josh Ruebner, Policy Director
January 27th, 2015

Take Action: Tell Members of Congress to #SkipTheSpeech


Take action: Tell Members of Congress to #SkipTheSpeech.

Can you believe it? The day after President Obama’s State of the Union address, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in a bid to undermine US efforts to broker a deal with Iran on its nuclear capabilities.

If you are as outraged as us that Congress would invite a foreign leader to scuttle the president’s attempts to resolve this issue with Iran peacefully, then take action right now.

Tell your Members of Congress to #SkipTheSpeech.

Together with member group Jewish Voice for Peace and our friends at Roots Action, we’ve launched this new website: www.skipthespeech.org. Take action and spread the word about this campaign on social media today.

This invitation is so controversial that a senior US official quoted in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz said: “We thought we’ve seen everything. But Bibi managed to surprise even us. There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave.”

President Obama is refusing to meet with Netanyahu when he comes to address Congress on March 3 as opposition from across the political spectrum builds. Even a Fox News anchor called Netanyahu’s upcoming speech a “really egregious snub” of the president. 

Wouldn’t it be great to see lots of empty seats in Congress as Netanyahu war-mongers and justifies Israel’s oppression of Palestinians? Help make that happen by taking action today!

We know what you’re thinking: this is futile. Last time he addressed Congress in 2011, Netanyahu got 29 standing ovations! Well, things are different this time around. We’re already hearing from Congressional offices that opposition to his speech is mounting on Capitol Hill.

Not only is it extremely inappropriate for Congress to undercut President Obama’s diplomacy with Iran by inviting Netanyahu to build the case for more sanctions and war. 

Around the same time that he’ll be addressing Congress, the UN Human Rights Council is expected to release its report documenting war crimes committed by Israel this summer during its attack on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has already opened a preliminary investigation into Israel’s actions and Palestine will become a member of the court in April with the ability to file charges. Netanyahu may be an indicted war criminal not too long after speaking in Congress.

Take action and tell Members of Congress that potential war criminals are #NotWelcomeHere.

Thank you for taking action and telling your Members of Congress to skipthespeech.org.

Sincerely,


Josh Ruebner, 
Policy Director


PS:
“While most other foreign leaders would fastidiously steer well away from any perceived meddling in U.S. domestic politics,” I wrote yesterday in The Hill, “Netanyahu has repeatedly jumped into that fray with gusto.” Check out my article on “The Emerging Republican-Israel Symbiosis” and please comment on and share it on social media.

PPS: Netanyahu’s speech to Congress will coincide with the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the premier lobbying organizing hawking for sanctions on and war with Iran and supporting Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. Join us,CODEPINK and others as we #ShutDownAIPAC, February 28-March 3