Israeli Leader Benjamin Netanyahu Officially Addressing U.S. Congress

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On Monday, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) announced that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress has not been scheduled. He also noted that an earlier proposed date coincides with a Jewish holiday.

The concept was initially proposed by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) in March; however, the timeline was postponed for several weeks as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declined to sign the invitation.

In March, Schumer delivered a floor speech in which he advocated for new elections in Israel and contended that Netanyahu had “lost his way.”

This prompted opposition from the Israeli leader, Republicans, and a few Democrats.

Progressive legislators are already expressing their dissatisfaction with Netanyahu’s address, as they are alarmed by the growing number of humanitarian fatalities in the Gaza Strip.

On Saturday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared that he would not attend the Israeli leader’s speech, referring to Netanyahu as a “war criminal.”

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor requested arrest warrants against Netanyahu, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and leaders of Hamas less than one month ago, alleging that they bear criminal responsibility for a number of  alleged war crimes.

A claim which immediately drew the ire of conservatives in both Israel and the U.S.

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