Why Two Democrats Will — And Won't — Attend Netanyahu's Speech Democratic U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky will not attend but Democratic Rep. Steve Israel of New York's Third District will. Robert Siegel talks to both Yarmuth and Israel.
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Why Two Democrats Will — And Won't — Attend Netanyahu's Speech

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Why Two Democrats Will — And Won't — Attend Netanyahu's Speech

Why Two Democrats Will — And Won't — Attend Netanyahu's Speech

Why Two Democrats Will — And Won't — Attend Netanyahu's Speech

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Democratic U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth of Kentucky is Jewish and a strong supporter of Israel, but says he will not be attending Israeli President Netanyahu's address to Congress. Democratic Rep. Steve Israel of New York's Third District will attend. He organized Jewish Democratic members of Congress to meet with the Israeli Ambassador to get him to move the meeting and wrote a letter to Speaker John Boehner protesting how the invitation was issued, but is still planning to attend despite his concerns.