Letters to the Editor

Boehner's invitation to Israeli prime minister wrong

House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to a sitting head of state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, to address Congress was a flagrant violation of protocol, and a supreme act of personal hubris; and a blatant violation of the separation of powers written into our Constitution granting the Executive Branch the authority of conducting foreign affairs.

Speaker Boehner's violation of the Constitution goes far beyond the level any so-called violation President Obama has been accused of, but there will be no hue and cry from the highly partisan Republican Congress.

Prime Minister Netanyahu should have politely declined this invitation coming from the "wrong" branch of our government. Why did he not? Is it because he wishes to influence American foreign policy? This is not acceptable and why would even Speaker Boehner allow it?

Sandra J. Gander

Bradenton

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