Democrat Senator to Boycott Netanyahu’s Congress Speech

( – In 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to the US to speak in front of a joint session of Congress. Dozens of Democrats, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), boycotted his speech. Netanyahu is now coming back to America, and Warren is boycotting again.

On June 18, Warren spoke to The Hill about Netanyahu possibly speaking to Congress next month. She made it clear she wouldn’t be there and accused the PM of creating a “humanitarian disaster.” The senator explained that she thinks the US should use “its leverage” like putting “restrictions on arms sales” to push for “peace in the Middle East.”

The Massachusetts senator criticized President Joe Biden’s administration for continuing to sell arms to Israel. She said the US needs the hostages Hamas took to be returned, a ceasefire in Gaza, more humanitarian relief, and both sides need to start negotiating with one another.

Warren isn’t the only Democrat who doesn’t think Netanyahu should be speaking to US lawmakers. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) doesn’t think the joint session was the right decision when the war is still going on. He also wants the president to start pressuring Netanyahu to provide more humanitarian aid and crack down on Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

Some Democrats are thinking about taking their boycott further. Some lawmakers want to hold a counter program that includes a prayer vigil and possibly an event with the families of the hostages.

An unnamed Democratic lawmaker told the website that some members of the party are angry about the prime minister’s speech because they think it undermines the work Biden has been doing. They claimed it’s also disrespectful to Israelis who don’t support the prime minister. Even pro-Israel Democrats have attacked Netanyahu’s actions in Gaza.

For his part, Netanyahu remains unbothered. He has made it clear he intends to eradicate Hamas no matter how long it takes, and he won’t be dissuaded.

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