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Poll Shows Americans Want Netanyahu to Speak

bibi congressHow do Americans feel about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing Congress next month? According to one new poll, more support it than object — despite the controversy over the way he was invited.

The data, reported here for the first time, was commissioned by the Israel Project, a pro-Israel group. It adds important context to a CNN/ORC poll, released Tuesday, which showed that 63 percent of Americans disapprove of the way House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to the joint session. Boehner said Sunday that he had intentionally kept his plans secret from the Barack Obama administration, because he feared White House “interference” with the speech, now scheduled for March 3.

While it may be true that most Americans don’t like Boehner’s tactics, it’s not the case that they don’t want Netanyahu to go through with it. According to the TIP data, 25 percent of 1,563 respondents to the new poll said they agreed more with the statement:

Some people say Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is in the middle of an election at home, and it is inappropriate for the U.S. to host him for a speech only two weeks before the election is being held. They say this is a Republican attempt to make Netanyahu look stronger before his election.

While 43 percent of respondents said they agreed more with the following statement:

Other people say Iran is getting closer to building a nuclear weapon. As one of the world’s most knowledgeable leaders on the Middle East and the Iranian nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu should address Congress before the March 31st deadline for a political framework with Iran.

 

Read more at Bloomberg View.

Israeli Prime Minister will address Congress Next Month

bibi congressPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday accepted an invitation to address the US Congress next month on the threat posed by Iran and radical Islam. Netanyahu is also exploring the possibility of meeting with President Barack Obama during his visit, Reuters reported.

US Speaker of the House John Boehner said the “invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of [the Israeli] people.”

In a statement posted on his website, Boehner said he had asked Netanyahu to comment on the threats stemming from radical Islam as well as the Iranian regime.

“Americans and Israelis have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again,” he wrote. Read more at The Times of Israel.

Terror in Tel AvivPalestinian man stabbed commuters on a Tel Aviv bus during rush hour in Tel Aviv Wednesday morning, injuring some 17 people, several seriously, police said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police believe it was a “terror attack.”

Four of the victims were hospitalized in serious condition, another five were left in a moderate condition, and the remaining were lightly injured according to media reports.

The attacker was identified as a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, 23.  He was shot after a short chase and taken into police custody. Read more at The Times of Israel.