Red carpet laid out for opening of 19th Knesset 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
MK Binyamin Ben-Eliezer (Labor), who is acting Knesset Speaker until the coalition is formed, asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to request that Obama give a speech in the Knesset.
Former US presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have addressed the Knesset in the past.
"The Israeli people certainly are thirsty to hear the President of the US speak to it directly, and there is no better place for him to do it than the Knesset," he stated.
MK Reuven Rivlin (Likud Beytenu), who was speaker of the 18th Knesset and is considered the leading candidate for the 19th, also called for Obama to speak in the Knesset.
"All world leaders who visited Israel, including US presidents that preceded [Obama] and [former] Egyptian president Anwar Sadat visited the Knesset, out of understanding that it is the House of Representatives of the nation of Israel and the source of the State of Israel's power as a democratic country," Rivlin explained.
Rivlin added that the Knesset is an arena for arguments and decisions, and the only place to present diplomatic plans with decisive ramifications.