Netanyahu: On 'Historic Mission' to Stop Iran Nuclear Deal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is headed to Washington where he is set to give a controversial address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.
The prime minister said Sunday at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport that he is on a "historic mission" to try and stop a nuclear deal with Iran.
The White House is angry that Republican House Speaker John Boehner did not consult with it before extending the invitation to Mr. Netanyahu to speak to the lawmakers. Some Democratic lawmakers plan to boycott the Netanyahu speech on Tuesday.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice has called Mr. Netanyahu's plans "destructive to the fabric of the relationship." She said this past week that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel “has always been bipartisan,” but that it has been hampered by recent partisan moves.
Mr. Netanyahu, who is facing re-election later this month, said Sunday he would do "everything in my power" to insure Israel's future.
Tabare Vazquez to Become Uruguay's New President
Tabare Vazquez, a 75-year-old oncologist, becomes Uruguay's new president Sunday; his second time in that office. He was Uruguay's president from 2005 to 2010. The South American country bars presidents from serving consecutive terms, which last five years.
Mr. Vazquez takes the leadership role of Uruguay from the highly popular Jose Mujica, a former guerilla fighter known for his humble lifestyle. Both President Mujica and President-elect Vazquez belong to the Broad Front Coalition, which has been in power for a decade.
Under Mr. Mujica, Uruguay legalized marijuana and the right to an abortion. Mr. Mujica's lifestyle includes living on a modest farm and driving an aging, weathered Volkswagen Beetle. His three-legged dog is his almost-constant companion.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Mr. Vazquez Saturday to offer the president-elect congratulations on his upcoming inauguration.
Biden also expressed his regrets at having to cancel his trip to the inauguration, but told Mr. Vazquez that President Barack Obama was sending Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden and U.S. Deputy Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Michele Sison to attend the ceremony.