White House Steps Up Pressure on Netanyahu Over Speech to Congress

Obama steps up the pressure on Israeli PM over Iran nuke deal.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president probably won't even watch the speech. "I haven't looked at the president's schedule for tomorrow," Earnest told reporters Monday. "I doubt that he will spend his whole time watching the speech."

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Earnest warned Netanyahu not to divulge any top secret information about the negotiations that the U.S. may have shared with Israelis, who have received detailed briefings on the negotiations. "Releasing that information would betray the trust that exists between two allies," Earnest said. He accused Israel of trying to "cherry pick" negative pieces of information gleaned from those briefings in an attempt to undermine the process.

Speaking Monday at a conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the largest U.S. pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, Netanyahu insisted his speech "is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama" and that the Israeli alliance with the U.S. is stronger than ever. "Ladies and gentlemen, the purpose of my address to Congress tomorrow is to speak up about a potential deal with Iran that could threaten the survival of Israel."