Reporters and policy experts tuned in Monday looking for clues about the upcoming speech:
Just the mention of Netanyahu's name gets a standing ovation at AIPAC— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 2, 2015
"Never has so much been written about a speech that hasn't been given." Netanyahu at AIPAC— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) March 2, 2015
Netanyahu stressed that he regrets that his visit to the United States has been embroiled in partisan American politics.
“Reports of the demise of U.S.-Israeli relations are not only premature, they're just wrong,” Netanyahu told the audience. "First let me clarify what is not the purpose of that speech. My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama nor the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both."
Bibi: "My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama.” But it’s a sign of the times that he has to say that.— Matt Viser (@mviser) March 2, 2015
Bibi tries to lure horse back into barn— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) March 2, 2015
Netanyahu on a nuclear Iran: "I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these dangers while there is still time to avert them."— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) March 2, 2015
The prime minister’s passionate address did not disguise the profound disagreement between himself and the Obama administration’s position on nuclear negotiations with Iran. But Netanyahu looked to stress the shared goals of the two countries.
“Disagreements among allies are only natural from time to time, even among the closest allies,” he said, stressing that there are important differences between the two countries. "We must always remember that we are family rooted in a common heritage, sharing common values and sharing a common destiny.”
"Today we are no longer silent. Today we have a voice," Bibi says adding that tomorrow in joint session, "I plan to use that voice."— Juliet Eilperin (@eilperin) March 2, 2015
Shorter Netanyahu: The US-Israeli relationship will be stronger than ever. Just as soon as I derail Obama/Kerry talks with Iran.— Matt Viser (@mviser) March 2, 2015