Netanyahu Addresses Congress Speech, Dismisses WH Objections

President Obama today addressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s impending address to Congress by lamenting how the U.S.-Israeli relationship shouldn’t be poisoned by partisan politics.

Around the same time, Netanyahu addressed that speech at an election event today and made it clear he’s not changing his mind.

According to Haaretz, Netanyahu said he still very much plans to speak to the U.S. Congress. He explained, “This is not a political issue or a party issue, neither here nor there. This is an existential issue, and I approach it with the fullest responsibility.”

He acknowledged the tensions and differences in the relationship between the United States and Israel, but assured whatever he says and whenever he says it will not hurt relations.

The White House objected weeks ago, saying the invite represents a breach of protocol. Netanyahu took a veiled swipe at the White House’s objections when he said “While some are busy with protocol or politics, a bad deal with Iran is taking shape.”

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