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Albright: Bibi ‘interfering’ in US politics

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Wednesday accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of meddling with U.S. politics.

“He is interfering in our internal affairs,” the former Clinton administration official said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

{mosads}The Obama administration has accused Republicans of breaking protocol by inviting a head of state without consulting the State Department. More than a dozen House Democrats and a trio of Senate Democrats, including the upper chamber’s most senior member, Sen. Patrick Leaky (Vt.), say they won’t attend Netanyahu’s address to Congress next month, according to a tally from The Hill.

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have also said they won’t attend the high-profile speech on Iran’s nuclear program because it comes just two weeks before the Israeli elections. Vice President Biden will be overseas and will also not attend.

“I don’t want to interfere in Israeli internal affairs, but it strikes me that there is an awful lot going on in his neighborhood in the Middle East, and that’s where he should be,” Albright added.

Despite the no-shows, Netanyahu has said he will make good on his agreement with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to speak March 3.

Netanyahu will address lawmakers in Washington “because Congress might have an important role on a nuclear deal with Iran,” he said this week.

“I am going to the United States not because I seek a confrontation with the President, but to speak up for the very survival of my country,” he wrote in a post on his Facebook page Tuesday.

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