US Senator Schumer calls on fellow Democrats to attend Netanyahu speech

Leading Democratic senator says Israel-US relationship should “transcend” any political differences

Herb Keinon
The Jerusalem Post

Leading Democratic Senator Charles Schumer called on his fellow Democrats on Thursday to attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in Congress next month, saying the Israel-US relationship should “transcend” any political differences.

“It’s always been a bipartisan policy,” Schumer said of the US-Israel relationship.

“Democrats and Republicans have always worked together on it, we ought to keep it that way.”

Some Democrats, including Vice President Joe Biden, have said they will not attend the speech.

Schumer, a ranking member of his party, was instrumental in altering the strident tone of the US-Israel relationship in the summer of 2010, after Biden’s disastrous visit during which Israel announced the building of homes in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem. At that point, Israeli-US ties hit a nadir…



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