06-6-2024, 9:48 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress on July 24

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to address a joint meeting of Congress on July 24, as announced by Republican congressional leaders on Thursday night.

In a letter dated May 31 Speaker Mike Johnson, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries invited Netanyahu to share the governments perspectives on defending democracy combating terrorism and promoting an lasting peace, in the region.

Some Democratic lawmakers have indicated their intention to boycott the speech due to concerns about Netanyahus handling of the Gaza conflict or fears that his address could escalate tensions within Congress.

On Saturday, Netanyahu stated he was eager to present "the truth about our just war" against Hamas in Gaza, referring to the October 7 terrorist attack that resulted in the deaths and hostage-taking of hundreds of Israelis.

President Joe Biden has recently criticized Netanyahu's management of the war, emphasizing the need for better humanitarian aid flow into Gaza.

On another front House Republicans have proceeded with legislation aimed at imposing sanctions on the International Criminal Court, which is pursuing an arrest warrant against Netanyahu along with officials and Hamas leaders. This move has highlighted divisions, among Democrats. House opposes the proposed sanctions, it has also criticized the ICC's decision.

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