Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of Congress on May 24, House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) announced Tuesday.
"It will be an honor to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu to the Capitol on May 24 as part of his official visit to the United States," BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE said in a statement. "America and Israel are the closest of friends and allies, and we look forward to hearing the Prime Minister’s views on how we can continue working together for peace, freedom, and stability."
Netanyahu's last visit to the U.S. was in March of 2010, when he made a speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. During that trip Netanyahu met privately with President Obama amid a spat between the two countries about Israeli settlement construction.
Netanyahu's address will be the fourth by an Israeli prime minister to Congress. He addressed the legislative body during a previous stint as prime minister in 1996.
“Israel is a vital ally bound to America by common democratic values and shared strategic interests," House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorBrat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule House staffer, Monsanto vet named to top Interior posts MORE (R-Va.) said in a statement. "A strong Israel translates into a stronger America, and we look forward to hearing from Mr. Netanyahu how our two countries can work together to promote prosperity, hope and stability in the Middle East."