Bibi Netanyahu’s appearance before the U.S. Congress is usually a source of pride and unity. But the Prime Minister’s planned trip to Washington – opposed by the White House and many Democrats – has Israel in uproar.
The Israeli leader faces growing calls to cancel the visit as rivals accuse him of risking Israel’s relations with the United States in hopes of winning extra votes in next month’s Israeli parliamentary election.
But Netanyahu has shown no signs of backing down, saying Sunday he would “do everything” to prevent U.S.-led international negotiators from reaching a “bad and dangerous agreement” with Iran over its nuclear program.
The U.S. is Israel’s closest and most important ally. While ties remain strong between the nations, relations between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama are another matter. The two have long had strained personal relations and differ on many policy issues, with Netanyahu favoring a more confrontational approach to his foes over Obama’s inclination toward diplomacy and compromise. Read more.