Benjamin Netanyahu invited to USA – despite looming arrest warrant

Benjamin Netanyahu invited to USA – despite looming arrest warrant

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could soon speak to the US Congress if top Republican Mike Johnson has his way. But the timing of the invitation is tricky.

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Mike Johnson, wants to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to give a speech in his parliamentary chamber, despite great criticism of the military action in the Gaza war. The Republican announced this on Thursday evening at an event at the Israeli embassy in Washington. Johnson did not say when the speech would take place. On Wednesday, however, he had already said that he was working with Netanyahu on a date and that the official invitation would be issued this week.

Amidst great tensions in the US over differing attitudes to the Gaza war, the move is likely to cause upheaval. At least in terms of protocol, the Democratic majority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, must accept an invitation to speak to members of both parliamentary chambers. He is under pressure within his own party.

Several US Democrats against Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech

High-ranking Democrats, including Johnson’s predecessor Nancy Pelosi, have spoken out against a speech by Netanyahu. It is also questionable how US President Joe Biden will react to the issue. While the Democrat has repeatedly stressed in recent weeks that he is firmly on the side of his ally, he has increasingly publicly expressed his displeasure with Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip.

Ultimately, however, Johnson could also invite Netanyahu on his own. On Tuesday, his office announced that they would move forward with the plan regardless of whether Schumer agreed or not.

Source: Stern

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