Six weeks ago, Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran’s nuclear threat, setting off a political firestorm. President Obama, who will pointedly not be meeting with Netanyahu while he’s in Washington, D.C., has criticized the address for threatening a potential nuclear agreement with Iran, the details of which were revealed by Reuters yesterday.
Obama maintains a diplomatic agreement is the best way to halt Iran’s nuclear threat. He’s also suggested that the timing of Netanyahu’s speech—weeks ahead of a Knesset election in Israel, in which Netanyahu is bidding for another term as prime minister—is inappropriate. Netanyahu, the leader of a country existentially threatened by a nuclear Iran, prefers a stronger approach, and by taking his case to Congress hopes to forestall a nuclear deal he believes would be too lenient on Iran.
Today, The Speech is finally here.
These questions and more will be answered at 11 a.m. You can view the address on the livestream below:
Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.