During his interview with Reuters on Monday, President Obama said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before Congress on Tuesday will be a distraction concerning a nuclear deal with Iran.
"I don’t think it’s permanently destructive (for U.S.-Israeli relations). I think that it is a distraction from what should be our focus. And our focus should be, ‘How do we stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?'
"Netanyahu thinks that the best way to do that is either through doubling down on more sanctions or through military action, ensuring that Iran has absolutely no enrichment capabilities whatsoever. And there’s no expert on Iran or nuclear proliferation around the world that seriously thinks that Iran is going to respond to additional sanctions by eliminating its nuclear program.
"It’s worth asking them whether when George W. Bush had initiated the war in Iraq and Democrats were controlling Congress, if they had invited let’s say the president of France to appear before Congress to criticize or to air those disagreements. I think most people would say, well that wouldn't be the right thing to do.
"There's no good reason not to let the negotiations play themselves out," Obama said. "I am confident that if in fact a deal is arrived at, then it's going to be a deal that is most likely to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon," Obama said.