Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference on November 18, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. (LIOR MIZRAHI/GETTY IMAGES)
March 2, 2015
Hostile exchanges between the White House and the Israeli government escalated ahead of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s US Congress address. Thirty-four US lawmakers are skipping the speech, which is expected to criticise US efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal with Iran. Online hashtags #BibiDoesntSpeakForMe & #SkipTheSpeech trended in opposition as well. At 19:30GMT, we discuss Netanyahu’s influence on US-Israel ties.