US Jewish hawks threaten to ‘shame’ Democrats who skip Netanyahu speech in Congress

February 6, 2015 21:00

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s allies on the political Right in the United States said they plan to publicly castigate any Democratic representative who skips the premier’s scheduled speech next month before a joint session of Congress.

As reported Friday by the online newsmagazine Politico, the prime minister’s Jewish conservative backers in the United States say they will be “taking attendance” of delegates during Netanyahu’s remarks.

Democrats angry about the premier’s speech – which was orchestrated by House Speaker John Boehner and Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, without the knowledge of the White House and State Department - were reportedly toying with the idea of not attending as a show of protest.

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