A contentious speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congress today, March 3, is receiving high praise from members of the Montana congressional delegation. So far, both Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Ryan Zinke have issued comments of support for the Netanyahu speech.

“Today Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered a powerful speech to Congress that highlighted the importance of working with our allies, rather than with dangerous rogue nations like Iran," Zinke said. "I have fought alongside Israeli defense forces in the global war on terror. I know from my 23 years of experience as a U.S. Navy SEAL that Israel and her people share our commitment to peace and stability in the Middle East. President Obama however refuses to hear the call of Israel, her people, and our nation that a nuclear Iran would have devastating consequences around the globe. Instead, he continues his negotiations and planning with a regime that we cannot trust. I am proud to stand with Israel, our friend and ally.”

Senator Daines described the event as "an honor."

“It was an honor to hear today from Prime Minister Netanyahu — a strong leader for whom I have great respect and admiration," Daines said. "As our nations work together to address the growing threat of a nuclear Iran, it is imperative that we hear directly from Israel's leaders. Iran's dangerous nuclear weapons program, persistent support of terrorist groups, and determination to expand its presence in the Middle East pose a serious threat not only to Israel, but to the United States and the world. Prime Minister Netanyahu has every right to defend his nation's sovereignty and as our strongest ally, it is critical that the United States stands as a steadfast partner with Israel to support our nations’ shared interests in the Middle East as we work together stop a nuclear-armed Iran.”

The Obama administration has frequently stated its opposition to the speech, citing the fact that the Israeli elections are occurring soon and arguing that it would give Netanyahu unfair attention before the election.

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