Anti-Defamation League Urges Benjamin Netanyahu To Cancel Congress Speech

Dec 2006
In the Witness Protection Program
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before Congress on March 3, but there's a growing chorus of voices calling on him to cancel the appearance. The latest organization to issue this call? The Anti-Defamation League, a U.S.-based international organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism.
Abrahm Foxman, the group's national director and a leading voice in the Jewish community, told The Jewish Daily Forward that the controversy over Netanyahu's speech is unhelpful. He added that Netanyahu should stay home.
“One needs to restart, and it needs a mature adult statement that this was not what we intended,” Foxman said in an interview published Friday. “It has been hijacked by politics. Now is a time to recalibrate, restart and find a new platform and new timing to take away the distractions.”
White House officials have expressed irritation that Netanyahu was invited to speak without their consultation, a breach of traditional protocol. Foxman indicated that he did not want the controversy to overshadow concerns about U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks.

Anti-Defamation League Urges Benjamin Netanyahu To Cancel Congress Speech

I'm thinking he's going to have a pressing family matter that will keep him home. Or a minor illness.
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Jul 2014
I don't know. Bibi is not the type to give in even when he's wrong. We'll see.
Neither Netanyahu or Boehner are famous for their ability to listen to others.

The comments by Haneghi, the Deputy Foreign Minister, may give Netanyahu an excuse to reschedule when the WH and Congress could better coordinate.

Interesting that there have been no responses or denials by Boehner. Boehner was basically called a liar and he has said nothing. Could be it was more of a conspiracy between Netanyahu and Boehner and Boehner underestimated the reaction and now he can't guarantee the full Congress' attendance. But that's just my speculation. At best, this was a very clumsy move by Boehner.
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Former Staff
Feb 2010
Fewer yes, but still the majority.
Even more precisely (from the link):
Among the trends noted, Jewish men and the religious are more likely to be Republicans than women and the secular, while those with advanced degrees tended to be less likely to vote conservative than their less educated counterparts.

“The general Democratic orientation of American Jews is a well-established political fact, although this Democratic slant has decreased marginally in recent years,” Gallup found.
And following up on that point: Jewish secularism on rise, Pew survey finds - Los Angeles Times
A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that more than a fifth of Jewish Americans say they have no religion. Yet like McLaughlin, they still identify themselves as Jewish.

Scholars say that the Jewish people have long seen themselves as more than a religious faith, also defining themselves as Jewish through culture or ancestry. Only 15% see being Jewish as "mainly a matter of religion," the new survey of nearly 3,500 Jewish Americans shows. Less than a third of Jews — even religious Jews — think someone can't be Jewish without believing in God.

As more Americans of all faiths turn away from religion, Jewish secularism seems to be booming too. Pew found that the share of "Jews of no religion" appears to have surged, compared to a somewhat different survey a dozen years earlier. Younger Jews are much more likely to shrug off religion than their elders.
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