Top Four U.S. Congressional Leaders Invite Netanyahu To Address Congress
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: (L-R) U.S. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (R-LA) listen during during remarks at a Capitol Menorah lighting ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building on December 12, 2023 in Washington, DC. The Hanukkah reception was the first of its kind at the U.S. Capitol Building that featured bipartisan congressional leadership.
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The top four U.S. congressional leaders sent a joint letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inviting him to come to the U.S. to address Congress.

“Last year, Congress was proud to host Israeli President Isaac Herzog in Washington to celebrate 75 years of friendship and partnership between our two democracies,” the letter said, which was signed by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).

“Less than three months later, the horrific attacks of October 7th shocked the world and forced your nation into a fight for its very existence,” the leaders said. “We join the State of Israel in your struggle against terror, especially as Hamas continues to hold American and Israeli citizens captive and its leaders jeopardize regional stability.”

They said that because Israel was having to fight for its very existence, they wanted to invite Netanyahu to “address a Joint Meeting of Congress.”

“The existential challenges we face, including the growing partnership between Iran, Russia, and China, threaten the security, peace, and prosperity of our countries and of free people around the world,” they said. “To build on our enduring relationship and to highlight America’s solidarity with Israel, we invite you to share the Israeli government’s vision for defending democracy, combatting terror, and establishing a just and lasting peace in the region.”


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