Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had no political motives in appearing before the U.S. Congress and that the U.S. and Israel share “a common destiny.”
“I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political,” Netanyahu said Tuesday in Washington, speaking to a joint meeting of the U.S. House and Senate about what he’s called a developing “bad deal” with Iran over its nuclear program. “That was never my intention.”
Netanyahu accepted the invitation from Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio to address Congress without consulting President Barack Obama’s administration, adding to tensions with an ally that provides $3.1 billion a year in military aid to Israel. Obama has said he isn’t inviting Netanyahu to the White House because the visit is just two weeks before Israel’s March 17 election.