U.S. And Israeli Politics At Play In Netanyahu Speech To Congress06:28

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U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice referred to the upcoming speech from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Congress as "destructive," and President Obama will not meet with the prime minister during the visit.

Some Israeli groups say they are offended by these moves. The controversy stems, in part, from the way in which Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak without consulting the White House.

Michael Wilner is the Washington bureau chief for the Jerusalem Post. He will be at the speech, and says, "contexts - including ongoing nuclear talks with Iran and upcoming Israeli elections - are central to this drama."


This segment aired on February 27, 2015.