Israeli Prime Minister Invited to Address Joint Session of Congress

The timing is yet to be determined.

Congressional leadership from the House and Senate have invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to speak on Capitol Hill. However, the timing of his address is uncertain after the initially proposed date was found to coincide with the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. Also on that date, President Joe Biden will be in Puglia, Italy, for a G7 summit.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Mike Johnson, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries extended the written invitation last week, stating, “We join the State of Israel in your struggle against terror, especially as Hamas continues to hold American and Israeli citizens captive and its leaders jeopardize regional stability.”

Referring to the importance of gaining support for Israel, House Speaker Mike Johnson of Louisiana said, “We are trying to get this done in the next couple of weeks, and there is a sense of urgency on our side and the prime minister’s, so I hope we can get it done.” 

Some officials anticipate the speech will take place in July.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Speaker Johnson, and the other party leaders in both chambers, to seek God’s guidance as they search for the right date for the speech from the Israeli prime minister.
  • For wisdom for U.S. officials as they offer support and feedback to Israel in its fight against Hamas.

Sources: CNN, Just The News, Axios


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