House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on Feb. 11 to speak about the threats of radical Islam and Iran. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress on Feb. 11 to speak about "the grave threats radical Islam and Iran" pose to U.S. security. The invitation came a day after U.S. President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address he would veto legislation that toughens sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program. Netanyahu had accepted the invitation, an Israeli official said, adding that the prime minister was exploring the possibility of meeting with Obama during the visit. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Boehner said, "I did not consult with the White House. The Congress can make this decision on its own. I don't believe I am poking anyone in the eye. There is a serious threat that exists in the world. And the President last night kind of papered over it. And the fact is there needs to be a more serious conversation in America about how serious the threat is from radical Islamic jihadists and the threat posed by Iran." The trip would be five weeks before Israel's March 17 elections and could give Netanyahu a boost with voters at home and help him underscore his main campaign theme that he is best placed to tackle regional security threats.