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Netanyahu needs to address Congress

Contrary to Frederic B. Hill's assertions ("Netanyahu invitation unwise," Jan. 27) both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and House Speaker John Boehner have had little option, considering how the nuclear negotiations with Iran have proceeded.

While one may question the timing of Benjamin Netanyahu in accepting an invitation by House Speaker Boehner to address the Congress, despite the objections of the administration, certainly the Israeli government needs support from the Congress on retaining sanctions on Iran. The stretched out negotiations of the P5+1 group of nations with Iran have yielded no tangible results, other than Iran profiting from the partial lifting of sanctions, accompanied by no halt to that nation's nuclear bomb program.

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Unfortunately, President Barack Obama evidently needs an agreement with Iran to burnish his foreign policy credentials, after having a long history of failures. However, both Congress and Israel know that in the case of Iran, no agreement is vastly preferable to one that allows Iran to continue its goal of nuclear bomb capability combined with its long range missile program.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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