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Israel’s Netanyahu heads to Washington for Congress speech

Benjamin Netanyahu said he will "do everything" to protect Israel.

By: Associated Press | Ben Gurion Airport | March 1, 2015 3:40:26 pm
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem. Is the United States heading for a good or bad nuclear deal with Iran? Good, says Washington. Bad, says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. His planned March 3 speech to U.S. Congress just a few weeks before the target date for a preliminary agreement gives him a high-profile soapbox for that argument. Israel says any pact that stops short of totally dismembering Iranian programs with weapons-making potential is deeply flawed. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File) FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2014, file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Israel’s prime minister says he is delivering a contentious speech to the U.S. Congress out of a “deep and genuine concern” for Israel’s security.

Benjamin Netanyahu said he will “do everything” to protect Israel. He spoke Sunday just before boarding a flight to Washington.

Netanyahu plans to address Congress about a potential agreement between Iran and six world powers — including the United States — which he fears could allow Tehran to get a nuclear weapon.

The speech planned for Tuesday has set off an uproar. Netanyahu angered the White House and Democrats by accepting the invitation from Republicans, who did not consult with the administration in advance.

Netanyahu meanwhile has faced a wave of criticism for the address in Israel, where he seeks re-election later this month.

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