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Boehner defends Netanyahu invite as Washington remains divided

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - 01:20

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on his way to Washington, where he'll address Congress on the dangers of a deal with Iran. Nathan Frandino reports.

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After visiting Jerusalem's Western Wall on Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now on his way to the United States. He's coming to warn Congress against a possible nuclear deal with Iran. He received an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner, a move that had infuriated the White House in an apparent breach of protocol. On Sunday Boehner told CBS Face the Nation that the anger from the White House is misplaced. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN BOEHNER, HOUSE SPEAKER, SAYING: "What I do wonder is why the White House feels threatened. Because the Congress wants to support Israel and wants to hear what a trusted ally has to say." Israel fears that U.S. President Barack Obama's Iran diplomacy will allow its arch foe to develop atomic weapons. U.S. officials, meanwhile, fear Netanyahu is seeking to sabotage the diplomacy. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, also appeared on Face the Nation, expressing concern about Netanyahu's speech. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIANNE FEINSTEIN, SENATOR, SAYING: "I am very concerned by that speech. I went to the speech in 2011. I didn't believe it was helpful then. And I don't believe it's going to be helpful now." Netanyahu will address Congress on Tuesday.

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Boehner defends Netanyahu invite as Washington remains divided

Sunday, March 01, 2015 - 01:20