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Boehner Defends His Invitation To Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

On Sunday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that he did not need President Obama's permission to invite Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak to Congress. He went on to say, “The fact is we have every right to do what we did. I wanted the prime minister to come here,” he continued. “There’s a serious threat facing the world. Radical, Islamic terrorists are not going to go away. The president devoted but a few words to it in the State of the Union. And then when it comes to threat of Iran getting a nuclear weapon, these are important messages that the Congress needs to hear and the American people need to hear, and I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu is the perfect person to deliver the message of how serious this threat is.”

Nonetheless, several Democrats have threatened to boycott Netanyahu's speech because they believe that Boehner disrespected President Obama. On the other hand, Obama said he did not invite Netanyahu to speak because the U.S. typically does not invite foreign leaders who are nearing elections in their home countries. During Obama's 2012 re-election bid, Netanyahu vocally opposed Obama.

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