Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, D.C., on the morning of Tuesday, March 3 in a speech scheduled for 11 a.m. EST. The address, which was arranged by Republican leaders without the knowledge of the Obama administration, has exposed tensions in the relationship between the prime minister and President Barack Obama.
During his address Tuesday, Prime Minister Netanyahu is expected to criticize the Obama administration’s efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened a new round of talks in Geneva Monday aimed at reaching an agreement with Iran over the country’s nuclear program before a deadline set for later this month.
In a speech Monday at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee — a pro-Israel lobbying group — the prime minister said he has “a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these dangers while there is still time to avert them,” in reference to a potential nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran. Speaking at the same event, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power said, “we know the stakes of a nuclear-armed Iran. We will not let it happen.”
PBS NewsHour will live stream Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address Tuesday. Watch the address live in the player above.