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Netanyahu would face widespread boycott on Capitol Hill

19:24, Friday, 22 March, 2024
Netanyahu would face widespread boycott on Capitol Hill

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to face a sprawling boycott from congressional progressives should he accept a planned invitation to address Congress. Why it matters: It's a sign of how strained relations between some Democrats and Israel have become since the onset of the Israel-Hamas war. What we're hearing: "I'm not going," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), telling Axios there is "nothing Netanyahu can tell me that can help my district at all" and that his constituents are "pissed" at the Israeli war effort. Asked if he will attend, Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.) told Axios "no" because Netanyahu "is a bad person." Rep. Chuy García (D-Ill.) said he would "probably not" attend because Netanyahu's right-wing coalition is "the most extreme government in the country's history" and because of Israel's "conduct during the war." "It sounds like something I'm unlikely to change up my schedule to get to," said Rep. Greg Casar (D-Texas), saying it will be "important symbolically for people to show and express our disagreement with him."

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