Washington, D.C. – Senator Mazie K. Hirono released the following statement on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to a joint session of Congress next month.
“The U.S. Israel relationship is of such great importance that Congress has reaffirmed its bipartisan support of Israel time and again.
“The question is not whether or not Members should attend Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech next month but whether we should adhere to the usual way that these invitations to address Congress are extended. And that way is to work with the President, who is Constitutionally tasked with conducting foreign policy.
“I call upon Speaker Boehner to work with the President to extend this invitation.”