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'I meant no disrespect to President Obama'

Israeli Prime Minister says he meant to disrespect to President Obama with his speech but felt “a moral obligation” to warn lawmakers of the dangers of cutting a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

Following his controversial speech to the United States congress, Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he meant no disrespect to President Barack Obama.

Rather, the Israeli Prime Minister says he felt “a moral obligation” to warn lawmakers of the dangers of cutting a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

“My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both. Disagreements between allies are only natural, disagreements in the family are always uncomfortable, but we must always remember that we are family" the Isareli leader said.

The White House and Netanyahu are currently on opposite divides over how to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons even as Obama acknowledged that “substantial disagreement” remained between his administration and the Israeli government over how to achieve that shared goal.

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Both nations in addition to 6 other world powers are currently in talks aimed at persuading Iran to commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity. Obama has however said the odds are against sealing a final agreement.

Netanyahu contests for reelection to an unprecedented fourth term on March 17 and insiders in Washington believe that his visit serves partisan purposes both for Republicans in Congress and for the prime minister’s Likud party on the eve of Israel's elections.

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