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Netanyahu Meets with Republican Congressman in Jerusalem

Netanyahu meets with Congressman Robert Pittenger. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Netanyahu meets with Congressman Robert Pittenger. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Just weeks ahead of his scheduled Congress speech, Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed that he has no plan of cancelling amidst suggestions that the speech be postponed and reports that several Democrats might not attend the speech.

Negotiations between world powers and Israel are set to end next month with a framework agreement to be in affect by June 30.

Reports earlier this week claim that the United States has stopped informing Israel on negotiations, a report the US State Department refutes.

The Prime Minister met with Republican Congressmen Robert Pittenger and Dennis A. Ross in his home in Jerusalem. He took the opportunity to express Israel’s strict stance against any nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran.

Netanyahu stated that Israel believes “the current proposal before Iran, handed over by the P5+1, is very dangerous to Israel and dangerous to the region and the peace of the world.”

He added that his speech to Congress is imperative, dismissing the protest and disapproval of his visit as challenging the White House. He stated, “We have a great national interest in preventing Iran from acquiring the means to develop nuclear weapons. That’s why I think it’s important for me to speak before the members of Congress, all members of Congress, and explain Israel’s position… We appreciate the support of Democrats and Republicans alike.”

He affirmed that, “We believe this isn’t a partisan issue. It isn’t a Democratic issue; it’s not a Republican issue. It’s an Israeli issue. It’s an American issue. It’s a global issue and we believe that the current proposal before Iran, handed over by the P5+1 is very dangerous to Israel and dangerous to the region and the peace of the world.”

Addressing the press following his meetings he stated, “I am open to hearing their case, and I would hope that they would extend Israel – the country whose very existence is threatened by Iran – that same courtesy.”

AmirTsarfatiAmir Tsarfati, a Jewish Christian, is the founder and president of Behold Israel, a news site to correct the scarcity in trustworthy reportage on issues and events impacting Israel, and to resolve the uncertainty about who or what to believe.

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