Dermer: PM’s speech Boehner’s initiative

Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer on Friday pushed back against reports he “concocted” the plan to have Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address a special joint session of Congress, saying the initiative came from House Speaker John Boehner’s office.

Dermer, in an email interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, who days earlier was scathingly critical of Dermer and Netanyahu for the speech idea, said Boehner’s office “initially reached out to me regarding the idea of the prime minister giving a speech less than two weeks before an official invitation was sent.”


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