Netanyahu arrives in U.S. for Iran speech to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington ahead of controversial Iran speech to Congress.

WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (MARCH 1, 2015) (NBC) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington on Sunday (March 1), ahead of his speech to Congress when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

Tensions remained high as policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm, and imperiled ties between the two allies.

Israel fears that U.S. President Barack Obama’s Iran diplomacy, with an end-of-March deadline for a framework accord, will allow its archfoe to develop atomic weapons, something Tehran denies seeking.

By accepting an invitation from the Republican Party to address Congress on Tuesday (March 3), the Israeli leader infuriated the Obama administration, which said it was not told of the speech before plans were made public in an apparent breach of protocol.

A senior Israeli official told reporters on Netanyahu’s flight that Congress could be “the last brake” for stopping a nuclear deal with Iran.

Netanyahu will address the influential pro-Israel lobby AIPAC on Monday (March2).