Bernie Sanders again vows to boycott Netanyahu address without support in Senate

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reiterated his intention to boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s planned address to Congress.

House and Senate leadership invited Netanyahu to speak to the legislature. While the date of his visit remains to be seen, Sanders issued a statement Saturday to confirm again that he will not be in attendance.

“It is a very sad day for our country that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited — by leaders from both parties — to address a joint meeting of the United States Congress,” Sanders wrote.

“Benjamin Netanyahu is a war criminal,” he added. “He should not be invited to address a joint meeting of Congress. I certainly will not attend.”

Sanders asserted that “Israel, of course, had the right to defend itself” following the Hamas attack on Oct. 7,
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