Most of New York City’s congressional members plan to attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the House of Representatives.
Netanyahu’s speech has drawn scrutiny.
House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu — who’s facing re-election in Israel — without notifying President Barack Obama.
Obama and Netanyahu are not scheduled to meet.
Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are both attending Tuesday’s speech.
Reps. Charles Rangel said Monday at an unrelated event at Gracie Mansion that he is not attending.
The only other member of New York City’s 11 House delegation who said he is not going is Gregory Meeks.
Yvette Clarke said she is undecided.
Several members who are attending criticized the way Boehner invited Netanyahu but said they value relations with Israel.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, put out the following Press release:
“In my view, House Speaker John Boehner acted in violation to diplomatic protocol by bypassing the White House in his invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu. His actions have been the predominant source of this controversy. In spite of this, I believe it is important for all Americans, including our leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate, to listen to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address. Israel is more than our ally and friend; their safety and security is at the nexus of the overall conditions of the Mideast, which I have witnessed personally in my past visits to the country. Furthermore, the many global threats in the region impel us to thoroughly consider all relevant perspectives, rather than play politics.”
“I hope to discuss these and other issues with Prime Minister Netanyahu on an upcoming trip I am planning to Israel, and I formally invite him to share a dialogue with all Brooklynites here in Brooklyn.”