President Barack Obama lovte å nedlegge veto mot alle nye sanksjoner Kongressen måtte finne på å vedta. Speaker i Representantenes hus, John Boehner, svarte med å invitere Benjamin Netanyahu til å tale til begge kamre.
Netanyahu skal snakke om faren radikal islam og Iran utgjør for verdensfreden. Datoen er 11. februar.
Vanligvis skjer slike invitasjoner i samråd med Det hvite hus og State Department.
Boehner said in a statement that Netanyahu «is a great friend of our country, and this invitation carries with it our unwavering commitment to the security and well-being of his people. In this time of challenge, I am asking the prime minister to address Congress on the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life. Americans and Israelis have always stood together in shared cause and common ideals, and now we must rise to the moment again.»
Boehner is enlisting Netanyahu as a powerful messenger who could argue for a tougher stance toward Iran and an individual who carries considerable sway with Congress. The prime minister repeatedly has warned that a nuclear deal could undercut Israel’s security.