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House Speaker Mike Johnson has confirmed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will soon address a joint session of Congress.

Johnson made the announcement during a speech celebrating Israel’s independence hosted by the Israeli embassy. He emphasized the significance of this event, stating, “This will be a timely and I think a very strong show of support to the Israeli government in their time of greatest need.” Although the exact date has not been set, Johnson mentioned that he is working closely with Netanyahu and plans to send a formal invitation this week.


This anticipated session comes after debates between Johnson and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer regarding the appropriateness of Netanyahu’s address amidst criticism of Israel’s strategy in its conflict with Hamas in Gaza. Johnson indicated that Schumer is expected to agree to the invitation, which requires his signature. Schumer’s office has stated that the Senate leader intends to join the invitation, with timing details being finalized.

However, the announcement has not been universally welcomed. Some Democrats, including Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Sen. Bernie Sanders, have already expressed their intentions to boycott Netanyahu’s speech, citing concerns over his policies and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Netanyahu’s last address to Congress in 2015 also saw several Democrats boycotting in protest of his stance on the Iran nuclear deal.


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