Most Americans do not think it is appropriate that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepts the invitation, extended by Congressman John Boehner, to speak in front of Congress, but the majority thinks he should have been allowed to talk to President Obama directly, according to the Forward. Around 47% of 1, 000 adult Americans polled by YouGov said it was “inappropriate” for Netanyahu to speak in front of Congress, while 30% said it was appropriate. However, 58% would have preferred to see the Prime Minister of Israel have talks with Obama, who declined because of the proximity of the visit to the Israeli elections. Around 46% of Americans wanted their Congressperson to attend.
Many Democrats have decided they will not attend the Prime Minister of Israel’s address before Congress, which is meant to focus on the dangers of a nuclear Iran. Out of 28 Jews in Congress, 15 will not be present. Israelis views of Obama and Netanyahu tend to be unfavorable. The Prime Minister has 54% support from Israelis, 41% against. About 72% of Israelis think President Obama is not serious about preventing Iran from building a nuclear bomb, but only 10% said that was a main consideration in elections.
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