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Netanyahu Tweet: 'I'm Determined to Present Israel's Position Before Congress'

By    |   Tuesday, 10 February 2015 03:18 PM

Showing some modernity to communicate his message, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke directly via Twitter on Tuesday as a divide over his speech continues in Congress, Politico reported.

"I'm determined to speak before Congress to stop Iran," he Tweeted, asking followers to re-tweet their support for his March 3 speech in Washington.

His message appeared alongside his photo, which also bears a quote, Politico noted. Said Netanyahu, who is seeking re-election on March 17: "A dangerous agreement with Iran is taking shape in Munich which would risk Israel's existence. Therefore, I'm determined to travel to Washington and present Israel's position before Congress and the American people."
President Barack Obama will not make time to speak with Netanyahu on his visit, their divide on full display after House Speak John Boehner invited the prime minister to address a joint-meeting of Congress, NPR noted. Boehner did not seek the president's permission or advise him of the visit in advance, ruffling diplomatic feathers as the U.S. continues ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

"We have a practice of not meeting with leaders right before their elections," the president said while making a joint appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NPR said.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu defended his need to speak with Congress, even as a growing group of Democrats, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, announced they would not attend his speech, The Hill noted.

"This is not a political issue or a party issue, neither here nor there. This is an existential issue, and I approach it with the fullest responsibility," he said.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke directly via Twitter on Tuesday as a divide over his speech continues in Congress, Politico reported.
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