Joe Lieberman Blames Democrats For Politicizing Netanyahu Speech [VIDEO]

Alex Griswold Media Reporter
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Former Democratic Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman attacked Democrats refusing to attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress, saying on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that they were the ones “making it partisan.” (VIDEO: Biden To Netanyahu: ‘I Don’t Agree With A Damn Thing You Say’)

LIEBERMAN: The danger for me here is that once again something really important– namely whether Iran gets nuclear weapons– is going to be swept up in Washington partisanship and politics. I think the best thing for people like[Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky], who I respect and supports a strong U.S./Israel relationship, the best thing would be to go, sit there. It would have been a non-issue and to some extent the Democrats who are not going are actually making it partisan by their absence.

In other words, if Jan is right and John Boehner is trying to prove that Republicans are better friends of Israel, then the way to disprove that is for all the Democrats to go. In the end, most Democrats are going to be there. Tuesday, I predict Prime Minister Netanyahu will make the speech that is extremely respectful of President Obama, we’ll talk about why he’s fearful of the negotiations in Iran, allowing Iran to have a nuclear weapon. And by the end of Tuesday, it will be over.

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