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Making his historic third address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke for approximately 40 minutes, addressing reported details of a deal over Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Following his address, B’nai B’rith International released a statement concurring with the overall themes and tone of the speech, citing specific quotations that resonated with the organization.

This statement was featured in The Jerusalem Post, J-Weekly, JBS TV and more. View a recap of the B’nai B’rith media coverage, below:

The Jerusalem Post:

Calling Iran the “world’s largest state sponsor of global terrorism,” B’nai B’rith International stated that it concurred with Netanyahu’s concern over Iranian aggression and that the group “welcomed” his contribution to the discussions surrounding the negotiations.

“A nuclear-ready Iran has consequences that would resonate far beyond Israel and the United States. It is incumbent on the negotiators to consider this and not enter into a bad deal, one that puts Iran a giant leap closer to nuclear weapons capability,” the group added.

“Netanyahu clearly noted that the alternative to a bad deal is a better deal. B’nai B’rith agrees that restrictions on Iran’s ability to produce nuclear weapons must be securely in place and that the points he raised to strengthen a deal be seriously considered by the negotiators while there is still time to effectuate the change.“


In general, American Jewish groups were more supportive than the Israeli media, offering praise ranging from measured to enthusiastic.

The Anti-Defamation League said that it “applauds” Netanyahu and in a statement called his speech “a clear and passionate appeal for the strongest possible deal to remove the Iranian nuclear threat.”

B’nai B’rith International issued a statement saying that Netanyahu “made a compelling case” that Iran “cannot be allowed to develop nuclear weapons” and that the organization “welcome[s] his contributions.”


B’nai B’rith Statement: