US House Speaker John Boehner and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Wednesday the "strong" ties between their nations, amid tensions between Netanyahu and the Obama administration.
Arriving in Jerusalem as head of a delegation of lawmakers visiting US allies in the Middle East, Boehner said that, wherever they have been, the "message is the same -- you can't continue to turn your eye away from the threats that face all of us."
Boehner caused a furore earlier this year when he invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on the Iran talks, without consulting the White House.
In the speech, Netanyahu warned of the perils of agreeing to an imperfect deal with Iran.
President Barack Obama declined to meet with him during his Washington visit.