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Israeli President Herzog Addresses Congress, Discusses Iran Threat

Herzog meets with Biden, invites Truman's grandson and Goldin's mother to speech

Israeli President Isaac Herzog was set on Wednesday to address a joint session of Congress, following a meeting the previous day with his U.S. counterpart at the White House.

Herzog invited a slew of guests to attend the speech, including Clifton Truman Daniels, grandson of former U.S. president Harry Truman, who recognized Israel 11 minutes after its declaration of independence in 1948.

Herzog is also being accompanied by Leah Goldin, whose son Lt. Hadar Goldin was killed during the 2014 conflict with Hamas in Gaza. His body is still being held by the Palestinian terror group.

The Israeli president also invited, among others, the American leaders of the Reform and Conservative movement and the Orthodox Union.

On Tuesday, Herzog had a “wonderful meeting” in Washington with U.S. President Joe Biden, whom he called a “huge friend of Israel.”

Herzog told reporters that he and his American counterpart had discussed “many issues,” including the “Iranian nuclear threat.”

Earlier Wednesday, the Israeli president met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, with the two leaders expressing mutual appreciation for the “unique relations” between the countries.

Herzog also met on Wednesday with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 19: Israeli President Isaac Herzog addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress at the U.S. Capitol on July 19, 2023 in Washington, DC. Herzog’s speech on the floor of the House of Representatives stirred controversy as some liberal Democrats planned to boycott, underscoring tensions between the two countries. PHOTO BY CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES  

Herzog is scheduled to visit New York City before returning to Israel after Shabbat.


Produced in association with Jewish News Syndicate

(Additional reporting provided by JNS Reporter)

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