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WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to address a joint meeting of Congress:

“Prime Minister Netanyahu is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of his people,” Boehner said.  “In this time of challenge, I am asking the Prime Minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life.  Americans and Israelis have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again.”

This would be Prime Minister Netanyahu’s third appearance before a joint meeting of Congress, and his second during Boehner’s speakership.  His previous addresses were on July 10, 1996 and May 24, 2011.  Other Israeli prime ministers to address Congress include Ehud Olmert, Shimon Peres, and Yitzhak Rabin.

Read Boehner's formal letter of invitation here