Israel's Netanyahu says will proceed with speech to U.S. Congress

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Posted: Feb 10, 2015 1:03 PM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, fending off criticism at home and abroad, said on Tuesday he remained determined to speak before the U.S. Congress next month on Iran's nuclear program.

"I'm going to the United States, not because I'm looking or asking for a confrontation with the president of the United States, but because I must fulfill my commitment to speak on an issue that threatens our existence," Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks.

"I intend to speak in Congress, because Congress might have an important and influential role on the nuclear deal with Iran," he said.

(Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Dominic Evans)