Netanyahu, U.S. Officials to Face Off on Iran

Netanyahu, U.S. Officials to Face Off on Iran

By Julie Pace and Aron Heller
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top U.S. officials are set to face off in dueling speeches on the high-stakes Iran nuclear negotiations.

Netanyahu will speak Monday morning at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. His address to the pro-Israel lobby will be bracketed by speeches from two senior U.S. officials: U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

Netanyahu's visit to Washington has sparked criticism in both the U.S. and Israel. The centerpiece of his trip is an address to Congress Tuesday, which came at the invitation of congressional Republicans and was not coordinated with the White House.

The Israeli leader is deeply suspicious of President Barack Obama's efforts to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran.