Jerusalem — Speaking to a group of American Jewish leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his intention to address Congress next month, despite calls for him to cancel the speech.
Prime Minister Netanyahu's goal in coming to Washington next month is not to toughen the American bargaining position but to undercut it entirely. Barack Obama's has said “no deal is better than a bad deal” when it comes to nuclear negotiations with Iran, but Bibi made clear this week that his position is “no deal is better than any deal.”
Benjamin Netanyahu's secret deal with Republican leaders to address Congress next month to lobby against the policies of President Barack Obama has stirred up anger in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and could threaten their support for Israel.
Many African-American lawmakers see the controversy in "purely racial terms," said a pro-Israel source close to the CBC.
Netanyahu, in their view, has made an alliance with the Republican leadership to defy and humiliate their president.
Looming congressional address already exposing partisan fault lines on Israel.
Washington — The controversy over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month is worrying pro-Israel Democrats about its possible impact on the 2016 elections. Even more worrisome, some Democrats say, are the voter trends underpinning the current tensions.
The unprecedented ploy by Benjamin Netanyahu (R-Jerusalem) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to go behind the back of the President of the United States to lobby the Congress against the administration's Iran policy could well cause more harm to Israel than anyone else, threatening serious damage to the bipartisan consensus so many have worked so hard for so long to establish.
Tel Aviv — Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is post-Zionist, her shrill rebuttal went viral.