Amid an ongoing confrontation over the Iran nuclear deal being formed by US President Barack Obama's administration, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has come out with a new ad saying he is not afraid of disagreement – and pointing out that the US also opposed the establishment of Israel.
"1948, (David) Ben-Gurion stands before a fateful decision: the establishment of the state of Israel. The American Secretary of State strongly opposed," recalls the ad. "Ben-Gurion, in opposition to the position of the American State Department, declares the establishment of the state."
"Would we be here today if Ben-Gurion didn't do the right thing?" poses the video, followed by the Likud slogan "only Likud. Only Netanyahu."
The video, in Hebrew, can be viewed here:
The ad comes as Obama's administration has admitted to hiding details of the negotiations with Iran from Israel, to which Netanyahu responded that if the deal is safe, "what is there to hide here?"
Netanyahu is set to address Congress to warn about the Iran deal on March 3, in a move that has enraged leftists in Israel and the US, with Democrats saying that the address could "undermine" the Iran deal.
In response to the planned speech, Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry have made clear they will refuse to meet Netanyahu using the pretext of proximity to Israeli elections, and US Vice President Joe Biden has likewise said he will boycott the speech.
Netanyahu for his part has said he has a responsibility to the survival of the Jewish state to warn against the Iranian regime that has threatened Israel with destruction, including a threat on Saturday by Iran claiming to have missiles that can hit Tel Aviv in six or seven minutes.
Under the deal, Netanyahu has warned Iran would be left with nuclear breakout capability, allowing it to rapidly obtain a nuclear weapon in the near future. Iran last July claimed it "needs" 19 times more nuclear centrifuges than the number offered by world powers, demanding 190,000 centrifuges.