Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, at the invitation of Speaker Boehner and not President Obama, to deliver a speech to Congress.
Netanyahu’s message was very clear. From CNN:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Tuesday that a proposed agreement between world powers and Iran was “a bad deal” that would not stop Tehran from getting nuclear weapons — but would rather pave its way to getting lots of them and leave the Jewish State in grave peril.
“We have been told that no deal is better than a bad deal. Well this is a bad deal. It is a very bad deal. We are better off without it,” Netanyahu said in a dramatic address to the U.S. Congress, which has caused a furious row with the Obama White House.
The relationship between Israel and the Obama Administration is deteriorating at a time when the Middle East is in peril, but that did not stop 50 Democrats from boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. Officials in the White House have accused Netanyahu of leaking Iran negotiation terms to the press before, and again warned him of revealing information prior to his speech.
Top U.S. officials ahead of the speech sternly warned Netanyahu not to reveal secret details of the talks, which are entering a crucial final stage, warning such revelations could have a disastrous impact on hopes for a deal.
Here is a link to the top 10 key lines from the speech, according to the Wall Street Journal.
[CNN] [Photo courtesy Susan Walsh/AP]