PM Considering Changing Format of Congress Speech

Netanyahu's team reacts to criticism over planned address to Congress; may pull live TV plan.

Uzi Baruch and Tova Dvorin, | updated: 17:54

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's team is considering changing the format of his planned address to Congress, Reuters reports Monday, due to the waves of criticism directed at Jerusalem over the invitation. 

Netanyahu's address to Congress on Iran was initially planned to be televised live, as important addresses have been in the past.

However, following the constant criticism leveled at Netanyahu for the invitation - which was extended to him by House Speaker John Boehner, but not directly by US President Barack Obama - the team is reportedly considering scheduling his address for a closed-door session of Congress instead. 

Intense discussions have taken place regarding the address over the past week, a source told the news agency, with Likud divided over how to proceed. 

Several options are on the table, including a possible address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) meeting in Washington that week instead of to Congress at all. 

The speech, initiated by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner without the knowledge of the White House, was met with an icy response by US President Barack Obama's administration. 

It also sparked a fiery backlash both in Israel and the US, and saw Democratic legislators debating whether or not to boycott, as well as American Jewish leaders urging Netanyahu to cancel




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