On the eve of his departure to Washington Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said he respects President Barack Obama and has faith in the bonds between Israel and US, through which “we will overcome the disagreements we have and continue to have.” Speaking at the Kotel Saturday night, Netanyahu repeated that it was his responsibility to take care of Israel and vowed to fight a deal which “can threaten our existence.”
The prime minister’s Iran speech to a joint session of the US Congress takes place Tuesday, at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner without coordination with the White House.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration does not see Netanyahu’s visit as bad for the negotiations but added that he has “not presented an alternative” to current diplomacy.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the Israeli premier of seeking to "utilize a fabricated crisis to cover up realities in the region."
A group of bipartisan US senators Friday introduced a motion dubbed the "Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015" that would require the president to submit the text of any nuclear deal with Iran to Congress and ban the lifting of sanctions for 60 days to allow congressional hearings and debate.
Monday, before addressing Congress, the prime minister will speak to AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington. The US UN Ambassador Samantha Power and national security adviser Susan Rice will also address the conference.