Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered “nothing new” in his diatribe on Tuesday at his third appearance before a joint session of the US Congress, blasting ongoing negotiations in Europe between the so-called P5+1 (the US, Russia, Britain, France, China plus Germany) and Iran over the latter’s alleged nuclear ambitions.
This sharp evaluation was offered by the US President Barack Obama at a press meeting 10 minutes after Netanyahu finished with his loud outrage over the ongoing negotiations with Iran; although he did not offer any alternatives for dealing with Tehran. He, however, still received loud applause and a standing ovation at the Republican-dominated session.
Obama and his Vice-President, Joe Biden, who was travelling overseas, did not attend the Congressional session, presumably because of the severe public exchanges over Netanyahu’s untimely address to Congress and the ongoing negotiations with Iran. The invitation to Netanyahu was secretly issued by Republican House Speaker John Boehner. The Israeli prime minister’s relationship with Obama has been cool and he will be running for re-election on March 17. American presidents shun foreign leaders at such times, lest it imply US support for a foreign candidate.