Netanyahu to address AIPAC amid controversy

Polling has shown Americans disapprove of House Speaker John Boehner’s move to invite Netanyahu without notifying the White House. That, and the timing of the speech so close to the Israeli election, has critics accusing Boehner and Netanyahu of politicizing the issue of Iranian nuclear talks, and a growing number of Democrats are planning to boycott what they see as an attack on the president.

But on Monday, the prime minister will face a friendly audience of pro-Israel activists, business leaders and others in town for the annual conference, which this year brought together nearly 16,000 attendees to discuss the future of the nation and the potential Iranian nuclear deal.

He said the speech would be “important,” and added that “we hope and urge members of Congress to be there to hear what he has to say.”