Sen. Bernie Sanders Is Skipping Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is 1st U.S. senator and potential Democratic presidential candidate to stake position against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March 3 speech to U.S. Congress, Bloomberg’s David Weigel reports.

  • Sanders said during Q&A at Brookings Institution event in Washington that he would skip Netanyahu’s speech
  • “I’m not going. I may watch it on TV”
  • Sanders says he’s insulted by Republicans attempting to go around White House with the invitation
  • NOTE: Sanders has worked on a kibbutz in Israel and has defended the Jewish state
  • NOTE: Last week, Vice President Biden’s office said a scheduling conflict would keep him away from speech
See related story: Biden Snub Sharpens Israel Debate Over Netanyahu’s Speech

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