Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak to the Congress when tensions are running pretty high. The Israeli Prime Minister warned on Monday that any nuclear deal with Iran could threaten the very existence of Israel. Netanyahu kicked off his highly debatable visit to the US and high on his agenda will be negating any such agreement with Iran if it is in the offing.
Of course the most important part of the visit will be Netanyahu’s address to the Congress which will happen on Tuesday. However, the Israeli Prime Minister gave a hint of what he will speak in his address to the Congress when he was speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington. The Israeli leader highlighted the danger which Iran posed for the world and called it the foremost sponsor of terrorism.
Netanyahu said, “Iran envelops the entire world with its tentacles of terror,” he said, displaying a map showing various connections between Iran and terror groups. He warned Iran could pursue Israel’s destruction if it obtained a nuclear weapon. We must not let that happen.”
Both Obama and Netanyahu administration agree in unison that Iran must not be able to obtain a nuclear weapon. However the Israeli administration is worried that the current path of talks will eventually lead to an ineffective deal.
Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday has become a bone of contention between the two governments. Netanyahu is to address the Congress at the invitation of the house speaker John Boehner, but without the involvement of President Obama. A few Democrats plan to boycott that speech and the U.S. President will not meet the Israeli President; the White House however insists that this is done with the motive of not influencing the forthcoming Israeli elections.
This sentiment can be gauged from Secretary of State John Kerry who on Sunday in an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” before he arrived in Switzerland for talks with Iran’s foreign minister, that the administration did not want the event “turned into some great political football.”
However, it is exactly what it has turned out to be. With tough words flying on Capitol Hill, the Israeli Prime Minister’s visit has taken the already rocky Obama –Netanyahu relationship to even greater abyss.
U.S.-Israel relationship is at its worst with critics going on an overdrive concerned that Netanyahu can throw a compelling argument into the pending Iran agreement.
Netanyahu was quick to stress that the alliance is stronger than ever and regardless of the current disagreement he mocked recent media coverage about a speech which has not been given.