Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his fierce opposition to Iran’s nuclear program in front of a joint session of Congress Tuesday, a speech in which he said the world’s greatest danger is the meeting of militant Islam with nuclear weapons.
On Monday, Netanyahu appeared in Washington before his controversial speech to Congress and just weeks before his reelection to speak to the kingpin of the Israeli lobby in the US, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
The prime minister was invited by Republican lawmakers who bypassed the White House and State Department, ruffling more than a few political feathers in the US capital.
At least 55 congressional Democrats have announced they will boycott Netanyahu’s speech, accordingto the Hill, again showing political fractures in Washington. The Israeli prime minister has said he believed the “two-party leadership” of Congress had invited him, but congressional aides said they knew of no congressional Democrats who had been consulted, according to Reuters.