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, 2023, but con­demned the coun­try for killing 34,000 civil­ians, destroy­ing hous­ing and schools, and block­ing human­i­tar­i­an aid. Instead, he com­mend­ed the Inter­na­tion­al Crim­i­nal Court, whose pros­e­cu­tor is seek­ing arrest war …