After speech, Netanyahu holds bipartisan meeting with Senate leaders

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to After addressing Congress on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with a bipartisan group of U.S. Senate leaders.

At the start of the meeting, Netanyahu said, “I do want to thank the leadership of the Senate, Republicans and Democrats, both sides of the aisle, for inviting me here, giving me an opportunity to state Israel’s concern about an issue that could be the most important issue of our times. I believe it is.”

The prime minister added, “I was very moved by the attention and the responses to the speech from both sides of the aisle, and it's very clear to me and it was clear in that hall to anyone who was there that the support for Israel is strongly bipartisan, that there is a very broad support of the American people and its representative for the Jewish state and I’m very, very grateful for that. Thank you, thank you.”

Netanyahu was invited to the meeting by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada). Other attendees included Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).

Posted on March 4, 2015 .