Report: Netanyahu mulling changes to Congress speech

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly mulling a change of plans regarding the details of his planned speech before a joint session of Congress next month.

According to reports, Israeli officials are considering whether Netanyahu should instead give a closed-door speech to members of Congress or only give his other scheduled address in Washington, DC, a speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference.

“The issue has been under discussion for a week,” said a source close to the prime minister’s office, the Jerusalem Post reported. “[Netanyahu] is discussing it with Likud people. Some say he should give up on the speech, others that he should go through with it.”

At the same time, Netanyahu himself said Monday that he is “determined” to follow through with the speech. He was invited by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to address Congress about the Iranian nuclear threat and radical Islam. The Obama administration, as well as some Democratic lawmakers and Jewish organizations, have criticized the speech over the contention that the White House was not consulted about the invitation in advance. Vice President Joe Biden will be skipping the speech.

Posted on February 9, 2015 .