Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel may have had similar political reasons for entering into his speech to the United States Congress yesterday, just as members of congress may have been politically motivated when inviting him to speak.
According to facebook.com, U.S. President Barack Obama was not happy with the speech and it is believed that the two leaders are more distant than ever before. Obama warned Netanyahu to not give away some of the more nuanced parts of negotiations regarding Iran’s nuclear programs and the deals that are occurring behind the scenes. Further, Obama indicated that Netanyahu did not offer an alternative to the deal that is in place. Netanyahu, however, indicated that the deal being worked out would pave the way for Iran to get nuclear weapons and would not prevent them.
Netanyahu is experiencing a pickup in his poll numbers since the speech and is still considered to be a slight favorite to be reelected as prime minister. Obama is not viewed favorably in Israel with only one in three Israeli voters viewing Obama positively.