Republican congressional leaders invited Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without collaborating with the White House. The move was something of a slight against President Obama and congressional Democrats, but now Republicans have to deal with the backlash.
According to a new poll from CNN/ORC, 63 percent of Americans say it was a bad move to invite Netanyahu without consulting the White House. 33 percent of Americans believe it was the right thing to do.
Netanyahu’s invitation strained relations between the U.S. and Israel in light of turbulence in the Middle East. Netanyahu will most likely try to urge the U.S. to increase sanctions against Iran, although the majority of Americans want to stay out of Israel’s conflict with Palestine - indicating a general trend towards American nuetrality in Isreali warfare.
Obama has been urging Congress to avoid increasing existing sanctions against Iran due to ongoing and precaious nuclear talks.
Obama will not meet with Netanyahu because of his visit’s proximity to Israel’s elections and many Democrats will be boycotting the speech. Just 52 percent of congressional Republicans support Netanyahu’s visit.
The controversy surrounding Netanyahu’s speech has made many question if he should simply cancel his appearance.