Netanyahu addresses US Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands as he leaves the House chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech Tuesday on the threat Iran now poses to Israel.

Netanyahu also thanked the U.S. for the military assistance Israel has been receiving.

His speech was not welcomed by everyone – a fact that Netanyahu addressed.

“I want to thank you all for being here today. I know that my speech has been the subject of much controversy. I deeply regret that some perceive my being here as political. That was never my intention. I want to thank you, Democrats and Republicans, for your common support for Israel year after year, decade after decade.” Netanyahu said.

Hawaii’s representatives in congress, Tulsi Gabbard and Mark Takai, expressed their opinions on the Israeli leader’s speech.

“I think from both the Democrats and the Republicans, there is definitely a shared interest and agreement in the face that we must do what it takes to make sure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons,” said Gabbard.

“My concern about the Prime Minister’s speech at the end he started talking about the deal being bad, and I say this, we don’t know what the deal is right now, and I hope we could keep politics out of the deal-making.” said Takai.

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono also attended the speech but did not issue a statement about it.

Senator Brian Schatz did not attend joining President Obama and other democrats in boycotting the event.


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