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After Chilly White House Response, Kerry Says Netanyahu Welcome to Speak in US 'Any Time'


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: US visit, P.M.Netanyahu, John Kerry, speech, Congress )

Beatrice
- 1637 days ago - jpost.com
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was welcome to give a speech at "any time" in the United States, hours after the White House expressed displeasure with the procedure behind a congressional invitation



   

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Beth S (330)
Thursday January 22, 2015, 8:36 am
Top US diplomat reportedly agrees it was a "little unusual" to hear about invitation from House speaker's officer and not by usual means of diplomatic protocol.

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was welcome to give a speech at "any time" in the United States, hours after the White House expressed displeasure with the procedure behind a congressional invitation extended to the premier, AFP reported.

Earlier Wednesday, US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran without consulting US President Barack Obama, prompting the White House to question whether protocol had been violated.

AFP cited Kerry, the top US diplomat, as agreeing that is was a "little unusual" to hear about the invitation from Boehner's officer and not by the usual means of diplomatic protocol.

Boehner told reporters he did not inform the White House of his plans to invite Netanyahu to the US until Wednesday morning. Neither did the prime minister's office.

Obama's press secretary said that typical protocol for the visit of a national figurehead had been breached somewhere along the way.

"The protocol would suggest that the leader of one country would contact the leader of another country when he's traveling there. This particular event seems to be a departure from that protocol," said press secretary Josh Earnest.

An Israeli official told Reuters that Netanyahu, whose relationship with Obama has often been tense, was looking into the possibility of meeting with Obama when he comes to Washington to address a joint session of Congress on February 11.

The White House declined to comment on whether Obama will receive Netanyahu during his visit.

Meanwhile, the prime minister's office has not yet confirmed whether Netanyahu will accept Boehner's invitation.

Boehner announced the invitation the day after Obama pledged in his State of the Union address to veto Iran sanctions legislation being developed in Congress.
 

Beth S (330)
Thursday January 22, 2015, 8:39 am
Oh wow, truly amazing from a country that's supposed to be actively supporting democracy around the world....

Very "generous" of the White House. Of course the Muslim Brotherhood has an open invitation to the White House. One wonders about their priorities, loyalties and ultimate aims....
 

Hilary S (65)
Thursday January 22, 2015, 5:09 pm
follow the money people, follow the money ... (sorry to repeat myself there)
 

Jason R (67)
Friday January 23, 2015, 10:02 am
How did FOX get so many people to forget about what is going on IN the USA?
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 23, 2015, 12:45 pm
It's ridiculous, & yes, the Muslim Brotherhood does have an open invitation to the WH.........what does that tell us?
Obama had time to meet with youtube people though.....
 

fly b (26)
Friday January 23, 2015, 2:43 pm
Not surprising rendering of time line and events from Israeli media-jpost...

"Kerry said Wednesday afternoon that Netanyahu is "welcome" to speak in the U.S. any time, but
learning of the prime minister's next visit from Boehner's office was "unusual," reports CBS News' Margaret Brennan." - after the cat was out of the bag.

 

Jason R (67)
Friday January 23, 2015, 5:34 pm
Muslim Brotherhood does have an open invitation to the WH.

What! Wait a minute! His enemies are his friends? Is that right?
 

Kathleen M (208)
Friday January 23, 2015, 6:53 pm
Noted.
 

Jason R (67)
Saturday January 24, 2015, 9:46 am
Stardust!
Activist Aspirations Rabid
Political Leaning Very Conservative
Religions Born-again Christian, Baptist

No wonder! OMG!!!
 

Shil O (0)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 12:19 am
@Jason
"What! Wait a minute! His enemies are his friends? Is that right?"
No smart ass
Our enemies are his friends
 

Shil O (0)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 4:23 am
Obamas Saudi friend walks off and leaves him
 

Shil O (0)
Wednesday January 28, 2015, 4:24 am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HdUXM05yw4&x-yt-cl=84838260&x-yt-ts=1422327029#t=22
 
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