Obama and Netanyahu disagree over Iran nuclear talks

Two weeks before Israeli national election, Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the US Congress officially invited by the Republic Party.

The PM said that the current deal being formulated by the P5+1 group of world powers and Tehran would inevitably lead to a nuclear Iran and war. “The alternative to this deal was not war, as some have posited, “but a better deal” he added. (Jerusalem Post)

Full transcript of his speech here

Immediately after the speech, Obama administration officials have been pushing back on key points of contention in Israeli prime minister’s speech. (Politico)

In an editorial on the Wall Street Journal, the EU Affairs correspondent Laurence Norman highlighted the absence for the whole nuclear debate of the EU special adviser for Iran Catherine AshtonWhere’s Ashton? The former EU foreign-policy chief is missing from Iran nuclear talks.