Former New York Mayor Giuliani Backs Netanyahu on Speech to Congress

Former Republican presidential candidate repeats statement that President Obama doesn't love America like other presidents did.

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Former N.Y.C. Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks before protestors outside the Metropolitan Opera, on opening night of the opera, "The Death of Klinghoffer," October 20, 2014.Credit: AFP
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned address to the United States Congress is "absolutely essential," former New York City mayor and Republican challenger Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday.

"I, as an American, fear a nuclear Iran no less than the prime minister of Israel and no less than the people of Israel, Giuliani said in an interview with Israeli newspaper Yisrael Hayom, which is owned casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a prominent supporter of Netanyahu.

"If I were Netanyahu, I would go to the ends of the earth to discuss Iran's nuclear program – on any stage I was given and in every situation. In our case, it's the Congress."

Describing Iran as "the number one sponsor of terrorism in the world," Giuliani stated that is does not need a nuclear capability for civilian purposes. "It has enough oil and gas reserves for hundreds of years," he said. "So it is clear why Iran is seeking nuclear capability. Let's not be naive, Iran is seeking nuclear capability for military purposes."

Referring to the recent storm over his statement that Obama doesn't love America, Giuliani said: " I didn't say Obama is not a patriot, but I did say that I don't see in him the same love for America, American exceptionalism and everything America has done. I haven't heard from him the words I've heard from other presidents."

The former mayor speculated that Obama would have a hard time achieving an agreement with Iran, because the lifting of sanctions by Congress will be part of the deal.

"Two important senators, Lindsey Graham and John McCain, have already announced they don't accept the president's position," he said. "Netanyahu's speech is not only important in terms of symbolism and the media, but it is also very important legislatively."

"This speech is of the utmost importance, particularly at a time like this, when a nuclear deal with Iran is getting closer."

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