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Boehner feared White House interference in Israeli invite

February 15, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) says the White House might have tried to quash his plan to have Israeli’s prime minister speak to Congress if it had gotten wind of the invitation.

And that helps explain why Boehner made the offer to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) without letting the White House know in advance.

Netanyahu’s speech is set for March 3.

Some Democrats plan to skip it because they consider it a divisive stunt and a breach of protocol that suggests the U.S. is taking sides in coming Israeli elections.

Boehner was asked by “Fox News Sunday” why he told Israel’s ambassador to the United States not to mention the invitation to the White House in advance.

Boehner says he “wanted to make sure that there was no interference.”

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