Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington in two and a half weeks to address Congress on the subject of Iran's nuclear program.
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The invitation by Republican leadership seems to be an attempt to intervene for Netanyhau in the Israeli elections on the one hand, and to challenge President Barack Obama on the Iranian issue, which is a highly contested political issue in the U.S. these days.
This would be Netanyahu's third address to Congress.
A large group of congressmen and senators mostly from the Republican Party are trying to promote legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran, while the world powers are negotiating with Iran in an attempt to reach a settlement. President Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday that if legislation like this is passes by Congress he would veto it.
Sources in the Prime Minister's Office said the invitation was from the leadership of both parties, not just the GOP.