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 WelchFormer US attorney considering Senate run in Vermont as Republican Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 Lowenthal becomes latest House Democrat to not seek reelection 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 ReidThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters Biden hits one-year mark in dire straits 'All or nothing' won't bolster American democracy: Reform the filibuster and Electoral Count Act MORE (D-Nev.) was back after suffering an injury to his eye and ribs.