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Israel's Netanyahu: I'll Warn About Iran 'Anywhere'

PM defends contentious planned visit to speak to Congress
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM CST
Israel's Netanyahu: I'll Warn About Iran 'Anywhere'
In this May 24, 2011 file photo, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu walks with House Speaker John Boehner to speak on Capitol Hill. Boehner has invited Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran.   (Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Israel's premier says he will go "anywhere" he is invited to speak about the country's stance regarding Iran's nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu's comments today come amid a public spat with the Obama administration over how to counter Iran and a contentious invitation from House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner for the Israeli prime minister to address the US Congress. The Obama administration has said the invitation is a breach of diplomatic protocol and has warned against issuing new sanctions at this time.

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The scheduled speech would also come just weeks before March elections in Israel and has sparked outrage from Netanyahu's domestic opponents. Haaretz has deemed the invitation as what "seems to be an attempt to intervene for Netanyhau in the Israeli elections." Netanyahu also said it was his duty to do everything possible to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. (Read more Benjamin Netanyahu stories.)

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