Netanyahu Takes Iran Nuclear Campaign to U.S. Congress After Obama Meeting [View all]
By Jonathan Ferziger and Margaret Talev - Tue Mar 06 16:19:14 GMT 2012
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his campaign for stopping Iran’s nuclear program to Congress today after telling President Barack Obama his country must be free to decide whether to take military action.
Netanyahu, who met with Obama at the White House yesterday morning, ended the day with a speech to American Jewish leaders in which he said he won’t let Israel live in the “shadow of annihilation.”
While Netanyahu praised Obama for leading a campaign to toughen economic sanctions on Iran, he said such actions haven’t led Iran to curtail its nuclear program and Israel must be able to defend itself. Iran has said its nuclear development is for peaceful purposes, and the prospect of confrontation in a region with more than half the world’s oil reserves has helped send crude prices soaring.
“None of us can afford to wait much longer,” Netanyahu said before about 14,000 members of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at the Washington Convention Center.