Netanyahu Speech To Congress: How Twitter Is Reacting

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was a historic and controversial event and now reactions are coming fast and furious on Twitter, with people on both sides of the aisle inserting their opinion.

With his speech, Netanyahu attempted to persuade members of the U.S. Congress that a deal with Iran is a bad idea. He argued, that the world and Israel in particular would be better off with no deal and continued sanctions, which President Obama opposed.

The American President and other high ranking administration officials were missing in action, as he stated later, he did not watch Netanyahu’s speech. The Prime Minister argued that Iran cannot be trusted and a deal with the rogue nation would amount to a path to nuclear weapons.

Twitter is lighting up with comments from all over the world and political views. Here is some of what has caught our attention so far.

— Brunette Mess (@lilpup09) March 3, 2015

March 3, 2015

From the looks of it, Twitter users are expressing more support than opposition to the Netanyahu speech before Congress, however, the passionate opinions come from both sides. In the chamber itself, it seemed like the Israeli Prime Minister was received warmly, with members of both parties giving him standing ovations at times.

But in the end it was Netanyahu who scored on Tuesday morning, when news came that Iran had rejected “Obama’s deal.” According to the BBC, Iranian Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, was quoted saying the President spoke in “unacceptable and threatening” terms.

Despite the set back for the administration, Zarif assured that talks would continue as the March 31 deadline approaches. During an interview with Reuters, Obama insisted that disagreements over Iran would not be “permanently destructive” to the U.S.-Israel relationship which has historically been rocky.

Iran has made it clear that they will not abide by a deal that is not favorable to them. According to the quasi official news agency Fars, Zarif said his country would “not accept excessive and illogical demands.”

So what was the President doing while the Netanyahu speech was captivating Congress and the rest of the world? A last minute meeting to discuss the situation in Ukraine was scheduled by the White House. Find more reaction on Twitter below.

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