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Obama: 'Nothing thing new' from Benjamin Netanyahu

Barack Obama has told reporters "as far as I can tell, there was nothing new" in Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress in which the Israeli Prime Minister slammed the US-led nuclear talks with Iran.

Obama: 'Nothing thing new' from Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: PA

"The prime minister didn't offer any viable alternatives," the US President said, urging Congress to wait to evaluate a nuclear deal with Iran until an agreement is finalised. Obama said that he would only agree to a deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

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Pelosi 'near tears' during 'insulting' Netanyahu speech

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has expressed her extreme dismay over the comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the US Congress.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released a statement immediately after Netanyahu's speech. Credit: Reuters

In a statement released online, she said:

As one who values the U.S. – Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech – saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.

Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated something we all agree upon: a nuclear armed Iran is unacceptable to both our countries. We have all said that a bad deal is worse than no deal, and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons is the bedrock of our foreign policy and national security. As President Obama has said consistently, all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.

– Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader

Israel's Netanyahu drives a stake through US policy

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Senators will clearly annoy the White House, ITV News Washington Correspondent reports.

Netanyahu blasts proposed nuclear deal with Iran

Israel's Netanyahu has used his speech at the US Congress to attack the proposed nuclear deal with Iran - the deal engineered and led by the Obama administration and its allies, and still being carefully negotiated.

Netanyahu said the deal would guarantee Iran would eventually get nuclear weapons, and would not be forced to destroy any of its facilities.

"This is a bad deal, a very bad deal. We would be better off without it."

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Netanyahu: We need to stand together against Iran

Israel's Netanyahu is using his address to the US Congress to rile against Iran.

Criticising a potential nuclear deal with Iran - currently being negotiated - he said it gives the Iranian regime too much nuclear infrastructure.

In a rousing speech, frequently interrupted by applause, he called on the US to stand together against Iran. Washington Correspondent Robert Moore is listening to the address.

Standing ovation for Israel's Netanyahu in US Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was greeted with a loud, long and at times raucous standing ovation in the US Congress before he started speaking.

In his opening comments, he said Israel was grateful for the support of the US, and that he knew whatever side of the house the members of congress sat on, they stood with Israel.

This is the third time Netanyahu has been invited to address Congress - a rare honour only matched by Churchill.

It is the first time since last summer's war, when Israel was accused of war crimes by various rights groups over its military operation in Gaza.

Netanyahu to dissolve Israeli parliament and call election

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he would dissolve parliament and seek early elections. In a statement from his office, Netanyahu, who is embroiled in a cabinet crisis, also said he has ordered the dismissal of his Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who both head centrist parties.

Netanyahu to dissolve Israeli parliament and call election. Credit: PA

His coalition, dominated by the right-wing, is split on a range of issues, including the 2015 budget, high living costs, policy towards the Palestinians and a Jewish nation-state bill that critics say discriminates against Israel's Arab minority. The divisions had prompted speculation that Netanyahu would bring forward an election that is not scheduled until 2017.

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