Israeli officials say Netanyahu will deliver speech to Congress as planned

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February 8, 2015 22:40

 
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Despite continuing and mounting opposition to his plans to address the US Congress on March 3, including from American Jewish organizational leaders, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “determined to go” and make the case against an Iranian nuclear deal, a senior government official said Sunday.

The official's comments came amid speculation that Netanyahu might, at the last minute, find a reason to put off the trip to Washington until after the March 17 elections and avoid exacerbating tensions with the Obama administration.

Netanyahu, however, seems to feel that the speech against an Iranian nuclear deal cannot be delayed until after the elections and the establishment of a new government, because by then it would be too late.

He alluded to this at Sunday's cabinet meeting, saying that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks over the weekend and announced that they intended to complete a framework agreement by the end of March. It is precisely to warn against that agreement that Netanyahu has indicated he cannot put off the visit, and that there is a timetable that cannot be ignored.

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