Nancy Pelosi condemns planned Capitol Hill visit by Israeli prime minister

 June 8, 2024

Breitbart reported late last month that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had received an invitation from House Speaker Mike Johnson to address a joint meeting of Congress.

However, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently announced that she believes Netanyahu's speech should be removed from the schedule.

"I think this is wrong"

According to Fox News, the longtime California congresswoman made her thoughts known during an interview on Friday with CNN host Dana Bash.

"I think this is wrong," Pelosi told Bash before recalling her opposition to an earlier appearance by Netanyahu on Capitol Hill nine years ago.

"Frankly, I didn't approve of his being invited the last time but the speaker just on his own invited him without consulting with the rest of the leadership," she complained.

Pelosi: Netanyahu will create more "discontent among our own people"

"And it came and he criticized President Obama for the masterful work that he had done with the nuclear agreement regarding Iran to stop them from developing a nuclear weapon. And I thought it was completely inappropriate," Pelosi added.

She then cast doubt on Netanyahu's political future, remarking, "I feel it's very sad that he has been invited, but who knows by then- will he still be prime minister?"

Pelosi also predicted that a speech from the Israeli prime minister will "invite more of what we have seen in terms of discontent among our own people about what's happening there."

Pelosi is not alone in denouncing the Israeli prime minister's planned visit, as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders did so as well in a social media post on June 1.

Sanders says he will boycott speech

"It is a very sad day for our country that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited – by leaders from both parties – to address a joint meeting of the United States Congress," he wrote.

The self-described democratic socialist went on to accuse Netanyahu of being "a war criminal" before declaring that he "certainly will not attend."

Sanders went on to point out that the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants last month for Netanyahu's along with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar.
"The ICC is right. Both of these people are engaged in clear and outrageous violations of international law," the lawmaker insisted.
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