Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the US Congress that the nuclear accord being negotiated with Iran would help the Islamic Republic develop atomic weapons.
Urging the US and other powers to hold out for a ‘better deal’, he
insisted that Iran posed a threat not only to Israel, but to the Middle East and the world.
“We must all stand together to stop Iran’s march of conquest, subjugation and terror,” Netanyahu said in a 39-minute speech punctuated by standing ovations.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to make the address to the joint Houses of Congress in a session boycotted by dozens of President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats.
Netanyahu’s appearance in Congress was not agreed in consultation with the Obama administration and relations between traditional allies Israel and the US have been strained.
Netanyahu said a nuclear deal with Iran would be a “countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare” by a country that “will always be an en