Watch as Israeli president Herzog addresses joint meeting of US Congress

Oliver Browning
Wednesday 19 July 2023 15:38 BST

Watch as Israel’s president addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Wednesday 19 July.

Isaac Herzog has become the second Israeli president, after his father, Chaim Herzog, to address lawmakers in Washington and his speech marked modern Israel’s celebration of its 75th year.

The appearance aims to demonstrate what he calls the “unbreakable bond” between the two nations, despite US concerns over Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul and settlement construction in the occupied West Bank.

After his speech to Congress, Mr Herzog will return to the White House on Wednesday to meet with US vice president Kamala Harris.

Her office said the leaders will announce that both governments intend to spend $70 million over five years to support climate-smart agriculture programs.

Mr Herzog’s visit comes weeks after Israeli forces carried out one of their most intensive operations in the occupied West Bank in two decades, with a two-day air and ground offensive in Jenin.

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