Susan Rice: Netanyahu's speech 'destructive' to US-Israel ties

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE's speech to Congress is "destructive" to the relationship between the United States and Israel, national security advisor Susan RiceSusan RiceDemocrats control the language of politics and culture — but for how long? The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden faces pressure amid infrastructure negotiations Republicans' 'marriage bonus' is social engineering at its worst MORE said Tuesday night.


Appearing on PBS's "Charlie Rose," Rice said that the decision of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to invite Netanyahu without consulting the White House, and Netanyahu's decision to accept, had “injected a degree of partisanship” into the relationship between the two nations.

"Which is not only unfortunate, I think it’s destructive of the fabric of the relationship," she said.

Rice's comments might be a sign that the administration is ramping up its criticism of Netanyahu's visit a week before he speaks to Congress.

The White House is reportedly considering ways to undermine the power of the prime minister's visit, during which he is expected to issue a rebuke to the president's Iran policy, including sending administration officials to the Sunday political talk shows.

The administration also hasn't yet said whether it will be sending a representative to the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.