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Susan Rice: Netanyahu’s Address to Congress ‘Destructive’

On Tuesday’s airing of “The Charlie Rose Show,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice discussed the scheduled upcoming address from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress.

According to Rice, the address injects politics into the U.S.-Israel relationship, which she deemed to be “destructive.”

“The relationship between Israel as a country and the United States as a country has always been bipartisan,” Rice said. “And we’ve been fortunate politics have not been injected into that relationship. What has happened over the last several weeks, by virtue of the invitation that was issued by the Speaker and the acceptance of it by Prime Minister Netanyahu on two weeks in advance of his election, is that on both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which I think is not only unfortunate. It is destructive of the fabric of that relationship … it’s always been bipartisan. We need to keep it that way. We want it that way. I think that Israel wants it that way. The American people want it that way.”

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