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mercredi 18 février 2015

Black Members of Congress Will Skip Netanyahu’s Speech

A number of Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members will not be in attendance when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the House and Senate.
They plan to boycott the March 3 speech because they believe Netanyahu’s appearance is disrespectful to President Obama, Politico reported.
House Speaker John Boehner did not consult the White House or congressional Democrats before inviting the prime minister to come to Capitol Hill. Netenyahu will tell lawmakers about the threat Iran’s nuclear weapons program poses to the United States and Israel.
One of the leaders of the CBC, Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, was the first caucus member to tell reporters he will skip the speech. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., and others quickly made similar announcements.
“To me, it is somewhat of an insult to the president of the United States,” said Rep. Greg Meeks, D-N.Y. “I’m not going to be there, as a result of that, not as a result of the good people of Israel.”
Obama and Biden also have said they will not be in the audience for Netanyahu’s speech.
Israeli officials who plan to travel to Washington, D.C., with Netanyahu want to meet with the CBC, according to Politico.

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