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Israel's Prime Minister Using Anti-Iran Speech Before US Congress In New Campaign Ad — Just As Critics Warned

We can assume that none of Netanyahu's campaign ads will feature the 700-plus women and children he killed in Gaza last August

Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu and house speaker John Boehner keeping secrets.  (Illustration by DonkeyHotey)
Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu and house speaker John Boehner keeping secrets.
(Illustration by DonkeyHotey)
By Jessica Schulberg, Ryan Grim
When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress just a few weeks ahead of an Israeli election, he was criticized for giving Netanyahu a platform to boost his campaign.

The United States has a policy of not meeting with foreign leaders in advance of elections, so as not to appear to be tilting the electoral balance. But Netanyahu insisted that his motivations had nothing to do with the election, and that the timing of the speech was demanded by the urgency of the Iran nuclear negotiations. There was simply no time to waste.

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Three 'Palestinian terrorists' from the Shuhaiber family family killed during Israel's Gaza massacre last summer. These photos won't show up in any of Netanyahu's campaign commercials.
Three 'Palestinian terrorists' from the Shuhaiber family family killed during Israel's Gaza massacre last summer.
These photos won't show up in any of Netanyahu's campaign commercials.
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Already, however, Netanyahu is using his speech as a prop in a campaign commercial back in Israel, where the prime minister is shown basking in the applause of members of Congress who did not boycott his speech.

With five days left until the Israeli elections, Netanyahu launched the 80-second campaign ad above, featuring his controversial address along with footage of rockets being launched.

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