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Netanyahu to Address US Congress on July 24

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on July 24, congressional leaders announced.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) extended the invitation late last month, and now the date has been set.

In a statement published by McConnell’s office, the four men said the invitation “symbolizes the U.S. and Israel’s enduring relationship and will offer Prime Minister Netanyahu the opportunity to share the Israeli government’s vision for defending their democracy, combating terror and establishing just and lasting peace in the region.”

Party leaders had sought to set the speech for June 13 but changed the date after learning that it was the second day of Shavuot in the Diaspora.

The speech will mark the fourth time the Israeli premier has addressed the U.S. governing bodies, the most of any foreign leader.

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