The Prime Minister reaffirmed his previous statements the his speech before congress is not about the elections, but stopping Iran.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a Likud election event Monday night, where he discussed his upcoming controversial trip to speak at the US Congress.
"At the time that there are those who are dealing with protocol or politics, there is a bad deal developing in Munich with Iran that will endanger the existence of Israel. It is my obligation to do everything I can in order to prevent it," said the prime minister.
"Therefore, I am determined to travel to Washington to represent the position of Israel before the members of Congress and the American people. This is not a political issue; it\’s an existential issue. That is how I see it," he said.
Commenting on the increasing awareness in the press over strained relations between Israel and the US, Netanyahu said, "Since the establishment of the State of Israel until today, there have been disagreements on essential issues between Israel and the US. The relationship has remained stable. And so it will this time too."
Earlier on Monday, it was reported that Israeli officials are considering amending the format of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu\’s planned address to the US Congress next month to try to calm some of the partisan furor the Iran-focused speech has provoked.
Netanyahu is due to address a joint session of Congress about Iran\’s nuclear program on March 3, just two weeks before Israeli elections, following an invitation from John Boehner, the Republican speaker of the house.
Boehner\’s invitation has caused consternation in both Israel and the United States, largely because it is seen as Netanyahu, a hawk on Iran, working with the Republicans to thumb their noses at President Barack Obama\’s policy on Iran.