Benjamin Netanyahu indicated today that his March address in front of Congress would go ahead as planned.
The statement came after a morning of rumors that the Israeli prime minister was considering altering the content of his speech, in the wake of some harsh scrutiny surrounding the address.
“At a time when there are those who would deal with protocol and politics, an agreement with Iran is taking shape in Munich that would risk Israel’s existence,” Netanyahu said via Twitter.
“Therefore, [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@Jspace_News” suffix=”-Bibi”]I’m determined to travel to Washington and present Israel’s position before Congress[/inlinetweet] and the American people,” he said. “From the day the State of Israel was established, there have been substantive differences between Israel and the United States. Relations remained strong. That’s how it will be this time.”
President Barack Obama also addressed the controversy today, during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“As much as I love Angela, if she was two weeks away from an election, she probably would not have received an invitation from the White House,” the president said before pausing and adding, “And I suspect she wouldn’t have asked for one.”
The Israel Democracy Institute’s Peace Index, which polls security issues each month, reported this week that a majority of Israeli Jews – 57 percent – believe Netanyahu should not deliver the speech because of its proximity to the elections.