#BiBiDoesntSpeakForMe, Americans say

#BiBiDoesntSpeakForMe, Americans say

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Image: Andrew Harnik/Associated Press

As Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress, delivering a speech on how to deal with Iran, some Americans made it clear on Twitter that the Israeli Prime Minister doesn’t speak for them.

Prior to his visit, Netanyahu said that he was delivering his message to Washington as an “emissary of the entire Jewish people.” Some, however, begged to differ.

Using the hashtag #BiBiDoesntSpeakforMe, referencing the Prime Minister’s nickname, people began to weigh in.

Netanyahu’s address to a joint session of Congress was controversial from the moment he was invited to speak by House Speaker John Boehner. Netanyahu is currently seeking re-election in Israel. The State Department was reportedly not informed in advance of Boehner’s invitation and the administration said the invitation was against protocol.

While Netanyahu went out of his way to praise President Barack Obama, it has long been clear that the relationship between the two leaders is severely strained. (Obama, along with several other Democratic politicians, did not attend the speech.)

And some who rallied under the hashtag were vocal about their solidarity with the President.

“I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy,” said Netanyahu during his address to Congress. “I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention.”

Though not everyone was opposed to the leader’s framing his speech as a message from the Jewish community at large.

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