Boehner To Visit Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, who invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress this month, will visit Israel in the coming weeks, his spokesman said Friday.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz calls Speaker Boehner “U.S. President Barack Obama’s arch rival and the man who invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make his controversial speech in Congress.”

Boehner “looks forward to visiting the country, discussing our shared priorities for peace and security in the region, and further strengthening the bond between the United States and Israel,” aide Kevin Smith said to Bloomberg in an e-mail.

Bloomberg states that Boehner’s office claims the trip was planned “months ago.”

Senior Israeli officials who asked to remain anonymous said Boehner will begin his visit – which has not yet been announced publicly – on March 31st, states Haaretz.  He will be heading a delegation of Republican Congress members.

Israeli officials said the final agreement for the visit was given during Netanyahu’s trip to the United States, claims Haaretz.

Netanyahu’s speech was March 3rd.  Sources state Netanyahu asked lawmakers to oppose a nuclear deal that is being negotiated between Iran and the U.S., Germany, Russia, China, Britain, and France.

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