Thompson skips Netanyahu speech

WASHINGTON – Rep. Bennie Thompson boycotted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s speech to Congress on Tuesday, saying Capitol Hill should not be the backdrop for the address with Israeli elections only two weeks away.

Thompson, the only Democrat in the Mississippi delegation, was among dozens of party members who skipped Netanyahu’s controversial speech.

“I didn’t want to participate in anything that could potentially influence the outcome of the election in Israel,” said Thompson, who represents the 2nd Congressional District….

…Instead of attending the speech, Thompson met with constituents, including health care providers and members of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

“I had a full day,” Thompson said later as the House voted on a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department. “I would not have missed an opportunity to see the people back home.”

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3/3/15