By COLlive reporter
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boarded a plane Sunday morning heading to Washington, DC, in a trip that has been vocally opposed by the administration of President Barack Obama.
Netanyahu is scheduled to address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual policy conference on Monday before address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.
He is expected to focus on the dangers of Iran developing a nuclear program and criticize the current negotiations between 6 major countries and Iran, which he says threatens Israel.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner invited him to give his 3rd address to Congress, without consulting the House Democrats and the White House. Obama said he won’t meet Netanyahu noting the proximity to the elections in Israel.
Netanyahu visited the Kotel in Jerusalem before the trip and said: On the eve of my trip to the U.S., I came here to the Western Wall. As Prime Minister, it is my obligation to see to the security of Israel; therefore, we strongly oppose the agreement being formulated with Iran and the major powers, which could endanger our very existence.”
He said that “In the face of this danger we must unite and also explain the dangers stemming from this agreement, to Israel, to the region and to the world.”
Before boarding his place to Washington on Sunday, Netanyahu stood alongside his wife Sarah and said: “A few days before the Fast of Esther, I am leaving for Washington on a fateful, even historic, mission. I feel that I am the emissary of all Israelis, even those who disagree with me, of the entire Jewish People.
He added, “I am deeply and genuinely concerned for the security of all Israelis, for the fate of the nation, and for the fate of our people and I will do my utmost to ensure our future.”