Madeleine Albright Accuses Netanyahu of 'Interfering' in U.S. Internal Affairs

Former secretary of state tells MSNBC Israeli prime minister should be minding the Middle East instead of addressing Congress.

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Former United States Secretary of State Madeleine AlbrightCredit: Reuters

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday of 'interfering' in the United States' internal affairs, in reference to Netanyahu's speech to Congress, slated for March.

“I don’t want to interfere in Israeli internal affairs. But it strikes me that there’s an awful lot going on in his neighborhood, in the Middle East, and that’s where he should be,” Albright told MSNBC.

The planned speech, which is set to take place two weeks before Israeli elections, has particularly riled Democratic lawmakers as the invitation to Netanyahu was made by John Boehner, the Republican House speaker, without consulting Democrats or the White House.

Obama has said he will not meet Netanyahu during his visit and top Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Patrick Leahy are vowing not to attend the speech.

Despite the backlash, Netanyahu is adamant about addressing Congress, as he tweeted on Tuesday, “I’m determined to speak before Congress to stop Iran. RETWEET if I have your support.”  

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