Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday blasted U.S.-Iranian nuclear talks, saying the potential deal is worse than no deal at all.
“It doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb,” he told a joint meeting of Congress.
Iran and U.S. negotiators are working towards a deal, with a March 31 deadline, that would limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international sanctions.
This was Netanyahu’s third speech before the United States Congress.
Netanyahu also told the audience that the U.S. fight against ISIS should not make Iran an ally, despite the mutual adversary.
“When it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy,” he said.
He warned that Iran was playing a “deadly game of thrones” and threatened the security of Israel and the world, reported ABC News.
The prime minister began his speech by addressing the political controversy surrounding his visit, saying it was never his intent to create partisan strife.
“No matter which side of the aisle you sit, you stand with Israel,” he said.
House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress without consulting the White House, and many Congressional Democrats boycotted the speech.
However, he heaped praise on Obama’s support of U.S. -Israel relations, and pointed out that much of the support Obama has provided to Israel isn’t public, due to the nature of security issues.
“We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel,” he said.