In a speech that sparked political controversy in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.S. Congress that negotiations with Iran would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons. (March 3)
1. Close-up Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walking into Congress
2. Side view, Netanyahu shaking hands with Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senate President Pro-Tempore Orrin Hatch
3. Various, audience applauding
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister:
"The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. To defeat ISIS and let Iran get nuclear weapons would be to win the battle and lose the war, we can't let that happen."
5. Wide, applause
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister:
"But that, my friends is exactly what could happen if the deal being negotiated is accepted by Iran. That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, it will all but guarantee that Iran gets those weapons, lots of them."
7. Mid Congressmen applauding
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister:
"Iran has proven time and time again that cannot be trusted."
9. Cutaway Congressmen applauding
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister:
"This deal has two major concessions. One, leaving Iran with a vast nuclear program and two, lifting the restrictions on that program in about a decade. That's why this deal is so bad. It doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb it paves Iran's path to the bomb."
11. Pull out view of people listening to speech
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister:
"Why should Iran's radical regime change for the better, when it can enjoy the best of both worlds - aggression abroad, prosperity at home?"
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister:
"My friends, standing up to Iran is not easy. Standing up to dark and murderous regimes never is. With us today is Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel."
15. Mid, Elie Wiesel as audience applauds
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister:
"And I wish I could promise you Elie that the lessons of history have been learned. I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past. Not to sacrifice the future for the present. Not to ignore aggression in the hopes of gaining an illusory peace."
In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs.
"Iran has proven time and again that it cannot be trusted," no matter what it says about permitting verification of the terms of any accord designed to prevent it from getting such weapons, he said.
"The greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons," he said in remarks before a packed House chamber.
Netanyahu spoke shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry met for more than two hours in Switzerland with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in hopes of completing an international framework agreement later this month to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
The Israeli leader's appeal also came two weeks before elections in which he is seeking a new term - and after the invitation to address Congress extended by House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, triggered a political furor in the United States.
More than four dozen House and Senate Democrats said in advance they would not attend the event, a highly unusual move given historically close ties between the two allies.
The White House expressed its displeasure with the appearance by word and deed, dispatching Vice President Joe Biden on an overseas trip that meant he did not fill his customary seat behind the House rostrum during the speech.
Nor did Netanyahu meet at the White House with Obama on his trip to the United States.
The prime minister was greeted with a roaring welcome as he walked down the same center aisle of the House chamber that presidents tread before their annual State of the Union speeches.
Netanyahu was unrelenting in his condemnation of the negotiations the Obama administration is conducting with Tehran.
He said that with the concessions the United States was prepared to make Iran would not only gain nuclear weapons, but also eventually would become free of international economic sanctions.
As a result, he said, it would be emboldened to finance even more terrorism around the Middle East and the world.
The result for Iran, he said, would be "aggression abroad and prosperity at home."
Republicans applauded Netanyahu's remarks frequently, rising to their feet.
Democratic lawmakers were far more restrained, although they cheered the Israeli leader's praise for Obama.
Despite Democratic stayaways, the chamber and galleries were filled.
Netanyahu singled out Holocaust Survivor Elie Wiesel, a world-renowned author.
"I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned," he said, to cheers.