Peace Actions writes in an email dispatch:
As you know, experts and pundits have lamented House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3. There Netanyahu will try to persuade Congress to pass new sanctions on Iran and disparage the Obama Administration and the international community’s diplomacy with Iran. Not coincidentally, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference and lobby day will be at the same time and they are likely to continue their push for sanctions or even scuttling a deal with Iran.
J Street, Americans for Peace Now, many Israeli political leaders and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren have called for Netanyahu’s talk to be postponed. At the same time, many U.S. political leaders are asking Speaker Boehner to change his invitation because he failed to follow proper protocol.
Reps. Keith Ellison, Steve Cohen, and Maxine Waters are circulating a letter to Speaker Boehner, asking him to postpone the invitation until after Congress has considered the issue of Iran sanctions. The letter could be sent at any moment so please call your Representative to sign on now.
Call your Representative NOW at (202) 224-3121 and say:
I am calling to ask (your representative) to sign the Ellison letter calling on Speaker Boehner to postpone the Israeli Prime Minister’s address to Congress.
Find your representative’s name at www.votesmart.org.
Humbly for Peace,
P.S. – The international community is at a critical moment in negotiating a good deal with Iran around its nuclear program that will make the world a safer place. The current deadline for negotiating is the end of June. Now is not the time for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress with his bombastic and hawkish views. Dial (202) 224-3121 now and use the script above to postpone his speech. Please forward this email to your friends, family and colleagues.