Pro-Israel American-Jewish leaders divided on Netanyahu speech
Abraham Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League was quoted by Forward Friday as urging Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to scrap his address on the Iranian peril to Congress on March 3, because of the political “circus” it has created. The opposite view is advocated by Jewish groups supporting the Republican Party, who want the congressional Democrats who said they will boycott the speech to give their names.
Vice President Joe Biden would not attend the session in his capacity as President of the Senate because he was “traveling abroad,” said an official statement. The White House earlier denounced House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to the Israeli prime minister without prior notice to the president as “a breach of protocol.” The event has raised a storm of controversy in Israel, taking place as it does two weeks before a general election, as well as the US.