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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to Congress

Netanyahu makes a case against a nuclear deal with Iran

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Scott Smith
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the United States Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on March 3, 2015. In the background are Republicans House Speaker John Boehner (L), who invited Netanyahu, and Senate Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, who took the place of Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. In a divisive speech, Netanyahu argued against any deal with Iran on their nuclear capability as nuclear negotiations continue with the Obama administration and Iran in Geneva. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the United States Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on March 3, 2015. In the background are Republicans House Speaker John Boehner (L), who invited Netanyahu, and Senate Pro Tempore Orrin Hatch, who took the place of Democratic Vice President Joe Biden. In a divisive speech, Netanyahu argued against any deal with Iran on their nuclear capability as nuclear negotiations continue with the Obama administration and Iran in Geneva. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- In a joint session of Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a case against a deal with Iran over its nuclear research program, saying there are two paths: Inevitable war, or a non-nuclear Iran.

The speech, arranged by House Speaker John Boehner, has been controversial since it was announced. President Obama kept his distance and will not meet Netanyahu during his visit, saying it's scheduled too close to an Israeli election.

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Several dozen members of Congress announced their intention to miss the speech.

Though the speech came against Obama's wishes, Netanyahu has said he meant no disrespect to the president.

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