By John Dodge

By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Jew and strong supporter of Israel, will be skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s politically sensitive address to a joint session of Congress.

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“As a Jew, support for Israel is in my DNA,” she said in a statement.

As such, she said, her decision to boycott the March 3 speech was difficult. She went on to say the “ill-advised” invitation made to the prime minister by House Speaker John Boehner threatens Israel’s security and the nation’s bi-partisan support in Congress.

Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak just two weeks before Israel’s election without consulting with the White House or Democrats in Congress.

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She said the speech could destroy negotiations with Iran, the goal of which is to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

“The Prime Minister wants the negotiations to end, and his purpose in speaking to the Congress is to convince us that the President is about to agree to a deal that threatens Israel’s existence,” Schakowsky said.

Schakowsky also said the invitation damages bi-partisan support for Israel.

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“This is not the first time that the Republicans have tried to divide the Democrats and paint themselves as the only true supporters of Israel.”