Israeli minister suggests Netanyahu was misled by Boehner invite

John Boehner. Credit: U.S. Congress.

( Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud) suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was misled by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) over bipartisan support for him to address a joint session of Congress on Iran.

“It appears that the speaker of Congress made a move, in which we trusted, but which it ultimately became clear was a one-sided move and not a move by both sides,” Hanegbi told 102 FM Tel Aviv Radio on Friday.

Asked if this meant that Boehner “misled” Netanyahu, Hanegbi—who is a close confidant of the prime minister—did not contest that assertion. Hanegbi then rejected the notion that Netanyahu should postpone or cancel the speech.

“What would the outcome be then? The outcome would be that we forsake an arena (Congress) in which there is a going to be a very dramatic decision [on Iran],” he said.

Posted on February 6, 2015 .