Middle East

House Speaker Boehner to travel to Israel

House Speaker John Boehner is planning to travel to Israel, a visit that comes as relations between the Obama administration and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have reached a new low. 

Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said Friday that the Ohio Republican will visit Israel during the two-week congressional recess that begins March 30. The trip was planned before this week's Israeli election in which Netanyahu won a fourth term. 

Boehner angered administration officials when he invited Netanyahu to deliver a speech to Congress early this month without consulting with the White House. Netanyahu used the speech to criticize the administration's negotiations with Iran on a possible nuclear deal. 

Republicans have been highly critical of President Barack Obama over the deteriorating relationship with Israel.