Netanyahu Tells AIPAC He Intends No Disrespect to Obama

(New York Times) Peter Baker and Julie Hirschfeld Davis - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday told the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that he was grateful to President Obama and the United States for their support over the years and never meant to inject partisan politics into the relationship. "My speech [to Congress] is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds," Netanyahu said. "I have great respect for both....The last thing anyone who cares about Israel, the last thing that I would want, is for Israel to become a partisan issue, and I regret that some people have misperceived my visit here this week as doing that." Netanyahu said he would not remain silent over what he saw as the perils of a negotiated agreement with Iran that does not adequately cripple its nuclear program. Displaying a map showing Iranian ties to terrorism, he said, "This is what Iran is doing now without nuclear weapons. Imagine what Iran would do with nuclear weapons."

2015-03-03 00:00:00

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