Rep. Gohmert Applauds Speaker Boehner for Inviting Israeli Prime Minister to Address a Joint Session of Congress
Washington, April 15, 2011
Tags: Foreign Policy
After almost a year of efforts by Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) culminating in a recent letter drafted by Congressman Gohmert and signed by 53 other members of Congress, urging the Speaker to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, Speaker Boehner announced his intention to invite the Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress during his official visit to the United States next month.
“It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. However, the image of both sides of the aisle of both Houses of Congress standing and applauding the leader of our close friend and ally, Israel, will be far more valuable than a thousand words,” said Rep. Gohmert.
“It will send a powerful message to Israel’s enemies. This invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress shows the world the importance of our relationship with Israel. Though Speaker Pelosi had not been able to find the time to invite Israel’s leader last year despite my request, I am exceedingly pleased that Speaker Boehner has made the time.”
In our nation’s history, we have invited over 100 leaders of 50 different countries to speak before Joint Sessions of Congress. Though Prime Minister Netanyahu has been in Washington, D.C. on numerous occasions, he has not addressed a Joint Session of Congress since 1996.
To view the letter sent to Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Reid, click here.
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