WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) – House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress was a departure from protocol, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Wednesday, according to reports from Air Force One. Earlier Boehner announced the Feb. 11 speech at a press conference, saying he wanted to hear Netanyahu’s views on grave threats of radical Islam and the threat that Iran poses “to not only the Middle East but frankly the world.” Boehner said that President Barack Obama had papered over these issues in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech. Later, Earnest told reporters that the White House only learned of the speech shortly before Boehner announced it. He said typical protocol would be for a country’s leader to contact the White House before planning a visit. Earnest talked with reporters as Obama flew across the country to give a speech in Idaho. Obama and Netanyahu have had a tumultuous relationship.