The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ohio Republican John Boehner, has issued an invitation for Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on March 3. According to his own account, Boehner did so
in coordination with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu has drawn criticism, bafflement, and outrage from across the political spectrum –
in the U.S., in Israel and around the world. This invitation was made without coordinating with the White House, in
violation of protocol – but it violated much more than that.