Report: Arab diplomats rebuff Israeli invite to Netanyahu Congress speech

Israel’s ambassador to the United States unsuccessfully lobbied the ambassadors of two Gulf Arab states to attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech before a joint session of Congress scheduled for next week, The Atlantic reported on Wednesday.
According to Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, Ron Dermer, Netanyahu’s right-hand man who took over as Jerusalem’s envoy to Washington in the fall of 2013, sent e-mail messages to his diplomatic counterparts from United Arab Emirates and Kuwait urging them to appear in the audience while the premier gives his anticipated address regarding an issue of supreme importance to all three nations – Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
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