Netanyahu explains his speech to joint session of Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to take every opportunity to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to his country.

His visit to Washington in March has opened up a political rift in the United States and has drawn accusations in Israel that Netanyahu is undermining a strategic alliance to win an election due to take place shortly after the planned speech.

In his first public remarks about the speech to be made on March 3 to a joint session of Congress, Netanyahu said his priority was to urge the United States and other powers not to negotiate an Iranian nuclear deal that might endanger Israel.

"In coming weeks, the powers are liable to reach a framework agreement with Iran, an agreement liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state, something that would chiefly imperil the existence of the State of Israel," he told his cabinet.

"As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weaponry that will be aimed at the State of Israel. This effort is global and I will go anywhere I am invited to make the State of Israel's case and defend its future and existence."
There is widespread distrust of Obama's negotiations with Iran both in the US and Israel.  There is little confidence that Obama can get a deal that will actually stop the Iranian nuclear program.   Obama's petulant response to the prospect of the speech does not help.  Many don't trust either Obama or Iran.  Any such deal is bound to run into resistance in both Israel and Congress.

One of the problems is that Obama is such an inept negotiator with both Congress and with foreign policy.  His one sided bad deals with the Taliban over the return of an alleged deserter and his equally one sided bad deal with Cuba both add to the lack of confidence in his "leadership."


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