Obama debates Netanyahu on nuclear action


Netanyahu presents his ideas to congress on March 3. Although the USA is taking a different stand on these issues, ties to Israel remain strong. Israel will be holding elections soon, which may alter their stand on the issue. Photo courtesy of MCT Photo Campus.

Meredith Gottliebson, Staff Writer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clashed with President Barrack Obama in a speech regarding a nuclear deal with Iran on Feb. 2.  Netanyahu has opposed a nuclear agreement with Iran though Obama believes it will be beneficial for all parties involved.

According to CNN, the proposed plan will be “far more effective in controlling their nuclear program than any military action we could take, any military action Israel could take and far more effective than sanctions will be,” Obama said.

The deal would consist of a halt of all nuclear activity for at least 10 years.  Israel is opposed to the idea likely due to the necessity of defense in such a small country.

The Israeli government also has suspicion that this deal will aid Iran too much, and that they will fail to shut down their program.

“As prime minister of Israel, I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these threats while there is time to avert them,” Netanyahu said.

Another important factor to note is the Israeli elections coming up shortly, which may affect the Israeli government’s attitude toward the debate.

Despite controversy surrounding the issue, ties between the United States and Israel continue to be strong, and the Prime Minister will present in front of congress on Tues., March 3.

“Our friendship will weather the current disagreement as well, to grow even stronger in the future — because we share the same dreams…because the values that unite us are much stronger than the differences that divide us,” Netanyahu said in an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

For more information on Netanyahu’s speech, visit http://www.cbsnews.com/news/five-things-netanyahu-speech-congress/.