Just hours after President Barack Obama issued a veto threat to Congress over the possibility of tightening Iran sanctions, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) responded by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Boehner invited the Israeli leader, revered on the right for mincing no words when warning of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, for a February 11 address to the House of Representatives.
Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have spent the past year pushing a nuclear deal with Iran, in which the antagonistic theocracy freezes its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. But that’s dependent upon a hawk-filled Congress not passing legislation tightening those sanctions, which could cause the Iranians to balk. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night Obama threatened to veto any such legislation.
Netanyahu’s star was never higher than last summer when he led a military campaign into Gaza after the kidnapping and murder of several Israeli hikers. Since then, however, he has been beset by internal tensions within the Israeli government.
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