WASHINGTON, DC – The standing ovation in the house of representatives was not for President Obama’s state of the union speech, but for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu making his much debated speech at the invitation of Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Netanyanu, laying out the case that any nuclear deal with Iran is a bad deal. “That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, it would all but guarantee it.”
The Obama Administration says Iran will never be allowed to build a nuclear weapon, but Netanyahu says even allowing Iran to develop nuclear technology puts the future of Israel and the world at risk.
"The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to the win the battle but lose the war."
President Obama said he didn’t watch the speech because he was on a video conference about Ukraine.
“I did get a chance to take a look at the transcript and, as far as I can tell, there was nothing new. The prime minister, I think, appropriately pointed out that the bond between the United States and America is unbreakable. And, on that point, I thoroughly agree.”
One of the big concerns for the White House was that Netanyahu would spill sensitive details about the proposed nuclear deal now in its final stages.
"The release of that information would betray the trust between our allies and certainly is inconsistent with the behavior of trusted allies,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.
More than 50 House and Senate Democrats boycotted the speech claiming Republicans broke protocol by going around the president, and adding to the political chill that continues to settle on Washington.