Axios: Netanyahu to face widespread boycott in Congress

US news site Axios said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would face widespread boycotts from “progressive lawmakers” if he accepts an invitation to address the US Congress.

The website quoted Democratic Reps. Sui Garcia, Maxwell Frost and Jamal Bowman as saying they would not attend Netanyahu's speech to Congress.

Frost justified his stance by calling Netanyahu a “bad man,” while Democratic Rep. Annie Koster said people were disillusioned with the way Israel's war in the Gaza Strip was being conducted.

Bowman told Axios in a statement that nothing Netanyahu said could help his constituency, explaining that his voters were angry about Israel's war in the Gaza Strip.

The same website also quoted Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib as saying Netanyahu should not come to Congress, but should be sent to The Hague.

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday rejected Netanyahu's request to speak before Senate Democrats, the Punchpal News website reported.

Schumer said the talks should not be conducted “in a discriminatory manner,” the website reported.

Pressure on Israel

Schumer told reporters, “I care deeply about Israel and its long-term future. Making the issue a partisan one hurts the cause of helping Israel.”

Progressives have called on Democratic President Joe Biden to put more pressure on Israel to ease the burden of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Netanyahu spoke to Republicans via video link nearly a week after Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer delivered a speech on the Senate floor in which he sharply criticized Netanyahu, calling him an obstacle to peace and calling for new elections in Israel.

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The Israeli prime minister said he would continue the war in Gaza, stressing that the Israeli army's entry into the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah to eliminate the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) would take place, but it would take time.

Netanyahu added that it is no secret that he has differences of opinion with President Biden's administration on the matter, stressing that Israel will do what is right for its security despite these differences.

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