Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is planning on visiting Washington next week to address Congress at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Netanyahu’s visit has been riddled with controversy in light of a possible nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran; President Obama has said he won’t be meeting with Netanyahu because of Israel’s upcoming elections.
Secretary of State John Kerry took the opportunity to remind Congress that Netanyahu hasn’t always steered the U.S. in the right direction.
“The prime minister, as you will recall, was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush, and we all know what happened with that decision,” Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Netanyahu was still a private citizen when he pushed for the invasion of Iraq in 2002, the New York Times reported.
At the time, Netanyahu said, “I think the choice of Iraq is a good choice, it’s the right choice.” He continued, “If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.
"And I think that people sitting right next door in Iran, young people, and many others, will say the time of such regimes, of such despots is gone.”
Kerry has previously criticized Netanyahu's opposition to a sanctions deal with Iran, saying the prime minister "may have a judgment that just may not be correct here."
Though Netanyahu’s statements have proven untrue and the Middle East has been in turmoil for over a decade at this point, Kerry also voted to invade Iraq.