McConnell and Reid to meet with Netanyahu
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Senate leaders from both parties will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington, D.C., next week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNo, it is not racist to question birthright citizenship McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' MORE (D-Nev.) will meet with Netanyahu on Tuesday afternoon, after his address to a joint session of Congress on the Iranian nuclear threat.


On Wednesday, Netanyahu declined an invitation to meet only with Senate Democrats, fearing it would “compound the misperception of partisanship” surrounding his visit.

The bipartisan invite comes amid rising tension between the Obama administration and Netanyahu.

National security adviser Susan Rice on Wednesday called Netanyahu’s visit “destructive” to U.S. relations with Israel, and more than two-dozen Democrats have said they will skip the address, according to a Whip List compiled by The Hill.

Democrats have sharply criticized Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerScaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Lobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom MORE (R-Ohio) for inviting Netanyahu without notifying the White House. President Obama and other top administration officials have said they will not meet with Netanyahu because his visit comes just two weeks before the Israeli elections.

Netanyahu and Obama are at odds over the diplomatic talks aimed at ending Iran’s nuclear program, with the Israeli leader warning the U.S. could make a “historic mistake” that threatens Israel’s security. He is expected to make that case during his address to Congress.

The Israeli prime minister will also speak to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference next Monday. Obama will not attend the event, nor will Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryKentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' The enemy of my enemy is my friend — an alliance that may save the Middle East Democratic governors fizzle in presidential race MORE.

The White House is sending United Nations Ambassador Samantha PowerSamantha Jane Power#FreeAustinTice trending on anniversary of kidnapping in Syria 'Unmasker in Chief' Samantha Power spewed anti-Trump bias in government emails 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era MORE and Rice instead.