Johnson’s Intention to Extend Invitation to Netanyahu for Congressional Address

Speaker Mike Johnson has announced his intention to extend an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress. This decision follows closely on the heels of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s recent remarks critiquing Netanyahu’s handling of the conflict in Gaza.

In an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Johnson affirmed, “We will certainly extend that invitation,” expressing his disbelief at Schumer’s comments, which he described as “almost staggering” and “unbelievable.”

Expressing his frustration, Johnson added, “I wish Schumer would keep his comments to himself on all that,” emphasizing that even if the speech were limited to the House, it would suffice.

Johnson revealed that he engaged in a “lengthy” discussion with Netanyahu, signaling his keen interest in inviting the Israeli leader to address Congress.

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Schumer’s critique has sparked strong reactions from Republicans, while even staunch Democratic supporters of Israel have voiced discontent with Netanyahu’s handling of the conflict.

In response, Schumer stated that he would “always welcome the opportunity for the Prime Minister of Israel to speak to Congress in a bipartisan way.” However, any joint address would necessitate his approval, although Johnson has yet to discuss the matter with the Senate majority leader.

House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries refrained from commenting on Johnson’s proposed invitation, indicating that Democratic leadership has not been formally informed of it.

Johnson outlined his agenda to swiftly address Israel and Ukraine funding following the conclusion of the fiscal 2024 appropriations process.