Dem rep: Nobody has harmed U.S.-Israel ties more than Netanyahu
© Greg Nash

A Democratic congressman said Tuesday that no “individual has done more to harm the vitally important U.S.-Israeli relationship than” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


The comments from Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchBooker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Divisions emerge over House drug price bills Trump CFO Weisselberg emerges as key person of interest for Dems MORE (D-Vt.) came during Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress, where he criticized the Obama administration’s talks with Iran over its nuclear program. Welch indicated that he would attend the speech.


“The Israeli electorate will decide whether to entrust a man with his temperament & judgment to be custodian of US/Israel relationship,” Welch said, referring to Netanyahu’s upcoming election.

Netanyahu slammed the talks with Iran during his address Tuesday.

“For more than a year, we’ve been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well, this is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. We’re better off without it,” he said.

Fifty-six Democrats said that they planned to boycott the speech — though Netanyahu looked to smooth over political tensions at the beginning of his speech, saying he was thankful that Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSanders courts GOP voters with 'Medicare for All' plan Glamorization of the filibuster must end Schumer won't rule out killing filibuster MORE (D-Nev.) was back after suffering an injury to his eye and ribs.