SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders say they won’t attend a speech by Israel’s prime minister, because of its timing, though one local representative will be in Washington.
Benjamin Netanyahu is set to address Congress on Tuesday, just two weeks out from his election in his home country.READ MORE: COVID-19 Cancels Davis Children’s Nutcracker For 2nd Year In A Row
The speech will revolve around how to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. People on both sides of the debate say political tension may be overshadowing the message.
“We are worried we are concerned, and this is why the prime minister decided he has to speak to Congress,” said Israeli Consul General Andy Davis. “Iran is the biggest supporter/sponsor of terrorism today.”READ MORE: New Memorial Unveiled For Fallen Deputy Mark Stasyuk In Rancho Cordova
Democratic lawmakers have said they are standing by President Obama’s decision to skip the speech.
But in a new turn of events, Rep. Ami Bera is in Washington to hear Netanyahu speak. The congressman issued the following statement:
“As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and given the sensitive situation in the Middle East, I believe it’s important for me to go and listen to tomorrow’s speech. Israel is one of America’s most important partners.”MORE NEWS: 2 Vacaville Homes Damaged In Fire
Controversy aside, lawmakers maintain the United States remains committed to Israel’s security.