Jerusalem (CNN) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined an invitation to hold a closed-door session with Democratic senators during his visit to Washington next month, saying such a meeting would "compound the misperception of partisanship" surrounding his planned address to Congress.
Sens. Dick Durbin and Diane Feinstein sent a letter to the Prime Minister on Monday, saying House Speaker John Boehner's unilateral invitation to Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress about Iran threatened to turn Israel into a partisan political issue in American politics that could have "lasting repercussions."
"This unprecedented move threatens to undermine the important bipartisan approach toward Israel -- which as a long standing supporters of Israel troubles us deeply," the senators wrote. They invited the prime minister to a closed-door session with Democrats.
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