Four Republican congressmen have written a letter to US President Barack Obama
to protest the exclusion of Ariel University students from the speech he is
scheduled to deliver on Thursday.
Out of Israel’s eight accredited
universities, Ariel is the only one that is located in the West Bank. Students
from the other seven universities were invited to the speech to be delivered at
Jerusalem’s International Convention Center.
The letter, penned by
Representative Bill Johnson (ROhio), also took issue with Obama’s decision not
to address the Knesset during this week’s visit to Israel, as his predecessors
George W. Bush and Bill Clinton did when they visited the country during their
tenures in the White House.
It was also signed by Republican
representatives Jim Jordan and Brad Wenstrup of Ohio and John Fleming of