For his part, Prime Minister Netanyahu can cite tens of thousands of reasons why Iran can’t be trusted as his nation has been struck by Iran-backed Hezbollah’s rockets that many times over the past two decades. Netanyahu has called Obama’s ongoing negotiations pointless. Instead, he strongly favors tougher sanctions on Iran for being a state sponsor of terrorism. Israeli elections will take place two weeks after the PM is scheduled to address congress.
The Obama administration says that such a high-profile visit is inappropriate so close to an election as it can be perceived as the US meddling in Israel’s internal politics. It has also been learned that a group of Senate Democrats may boycott the address. President Obama publicly said that he is not encouraging his party to boycott the address, but that each senator may choose for themselves whether to attend.