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Since it was announced in January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress has been highly controversial. The planning of the speech did not follow normal diplomatic protocols, and left the White House out of the loop.
Given that Netanyahu’s central message was opposition to US President Barack Obama’s initiative to strike a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, the speech came to be viewed as a partisan interference in American politics. Netanyahu's supporters said it was imperative to give the speech due to the nature of the Iranian nuclear threat.
Brookings Institution Fellow Dr. Natan Sachs joins us from Washington DC to give his take on the speech, its political repercussions, and the limited options Israel has for dealing with Iran if a "bad deal" goes through.