Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been put on blast by the Congressional Black Caucus, many of whom plan to skip his March 3 speech before Congress. They are telling him not to “disrespect” our president. The CBC considers Netanyahu and John Boehner’s stunt as a “slight” to President Obama and won’t support it, Politico reports.
Israeli officials have been caught by surprise by the CBC backlash, kicked off by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights leader who said last week he wouldn’t attend, quickly followed by Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and others. As a result, they’re working to set up a meeting for CBC members with Ambassador Ron Dermer or even Netanyahu himself when he’s in Washington.
“It’s not just about disrespect for the president, it’s disrespect for the American people and our system of government for a foreign leader to insert himself into a issue that our policymakers are grappling with,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.). “It’s not simply about President Obama being a black man disrespected by a foreign leader. It’s deeper than that.”
That was a word many members used: “It is very disrespectful to this president, and what concerns me more is that I think it’s a pattern that is starting to develop from this speaker that we’re getting more and more disrespectful of the office of the presidency,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.). “I think it’s silly and petty.” Source: Politico
Netanyahu pulled another stunt during the 2012 presidential campaign when he entertained presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Israel, interjecting himself in out political process. Bibi dissed Obama when he went behind his back and accepted John Boehner’s invitation. He’s trying to score points in his upcoming election to make himself.