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WASHINGTON, DC – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel addressed a joint meeting of the United States Congress today regarding the threats posed by radical Islam and Iran.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement:

“This was a speech the American people needed to hear, plain and simple.  It addressed the gravity of the threats we face and why we cannot allow a nuclear Iran, or any semblance of a path to a nuclear Iran.  It demonstrated why there is such deep-seated – and bipartisan – concern about the deal that is being made.  I thank my colleagues, Republicans and Democrats, who took the time to hear the Prime Minister’s address on behalf of their constituents, and I hope all Americans will have the chance to see it for themselves

“Let me take this moment to personally thank Benjamin Netanyahu.  With his presence here, he demonstrated that politics can never come before our commitment to do what’s right for the future.  And he again revealed himself to be a leader of principle and deep conviction.  It all speaks not only to the kind of leader he is, but to the bonds between America and Israel – bonds that will, with work and sacrifice, long outlast us.”

NOTE: This was Prime Minister Netanyahu’s third address to a joint meeting of Congress – the first foreign leader aside from Winston Churchill to hold that distinction.  Prior to the address, Boehner presented Netanyahu with a bust of Churchill that matches the bust in Freedom Foyer of the Capitol. See what the gift looks like