Democratic Congresswoman Lowey: Republicans injected partisanship into US-Israel ties

June 7, 2015 19:36

Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey told The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York on Sunday that House Speaker John Boehner was wrong to "inject partisanship into the US-Israel relationship" by inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress without notifying the administration.

The New York Democrat told the assembled audience at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan that she has sought to play peacemaker between the Israeli government and the Obama administration, particularly in light of Netanyahu’s controversial Election Day remarks about Arabs "descending on the voting booths in droves."

"I have...worked so hard in the difficult months leading up to and following the Israeli elections to urge the Obama Administration and Prime Minister Netanyahu to tone down overheated rhetoric and restore the focus on what matters – our shared objectives to protect Israel’s and our own national security interests," Lowey said.

"Allowing personalities or political gamesmanship to get in the way of this singular focus is a disservice to the interests of both countries," she said. 

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