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Congresswoman Fudge Statement on Address to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement regarding her decision not to attend an address by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress on March 3, 2015:

“As Members of Congress we may disagree with the administration’s position on foreign policy matters, but the fact remains the Executive Branch is tasked with handling diplomatic matters. Inviting a foreign head of state to address the Congress is a clear breach of protocol and practice, and undermines the U.S. Presidency.  Moreover, it is improper to extend an invitation to a foreign head of state so close to his or her election.  A visit by Mr. Netanyahu at this time may be viewed as a Congressional attempt to influence Israeli elections scheduled for March 17th and compromise the integrity of their democratic process.”

“My decision not to attend the Prime Minister’s speech in no way affects or reflects my continuous, strong support for Israel and its alliance with the United States, and Israel’s concerns.  I especially remain firmly opposed to a nuclear Iran, and will review all related policies and proposed actions from that position.  To put it simply, my support of Israel will be just as strong the day after Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address as it is today,” added Congresswoman Fudge.