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After Weeks of Delay, US Congress Formally Invites Netanyahu to Address Joint Session

US Congressional leaders from both parties have sent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a formal invitation to address a joint session of Congress, a show of wartime support for longtime ally Israel despite mounting political divisions over the war against Hamas in Gaza.

The letter was signed by House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican.

In the letter, the congressional leaders said the invitation was extended to “highlight America’s solidarity with Israel.”

“We invite you to share the Israeli government’s vision for defending democracy, combating terror and establishing a just and lasting peace in the region,” they wrote. An Israeli official confirmed Netanyahu’s receipt of the invitation to reporters.

The speech is expected to take place “as soon as the next eight weeks or soon after August recess,” a source familiar told American media. (TOI / VFI News)

“But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” - Luke 22:26