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.
"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.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has expressed her extreme dismay over the comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the US Congress.
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.
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the US Senators will clearly annoy the White House, ITV News Washington Correspondent reports.
White House will be watching with fury as key ally rips into US tactics. Bibi : The deal would not block a bomb, it would pave the way.
25 standing ovations later, what is the Bibi strategy? He has driven a stake through US policy. But what is the alternative? Bomb Iran?
Bibi gets applause for "better to have no deal." But the likeliest alternative is an attack on Iran. Would Senators applaud that idea?
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."
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.
Netanyahu: When it comes to Iran and the Islamic State, "the enemy of your enemy is your enemy." More rousing applause. #BibiSpeech
Netanyahu: The problem with an Iran deal is that it would be left with a vast nuclear infrastructure. Breakout time would be too short.
Bibi: Iran could get to the bomb even with a deal because restrictions would expire in a decade - a blink of an eye in the life of a nation.
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.
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The head of a United Nations inquiry into the conflict in Gaza has announced his resignation after Israel accused him of bias.
UK-based academic William Schabas was appointed by the head of the UN Human Rights Council to lead an investigation into alleged war crimes committed during Israel's military operation in Gaza last year.
Israel had criticised his appointment, citing his record as a critic of the state and its leadership, and the Council had sought legal advice after it emerged he was paid $1,300 (£865) to provide a legal opinion for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) in 2012.
Reuters news agency reports that Schabas sent a letter to the commission stating he would step down immediately to prevent the issue from overshadowing the findings of the report, which is due to be released in March.
He also defended his work for the PLO.
My views on Israel and Palestine as well as on many other issues were well known and very public... This work in defence of human rights appears to have made me a huge target for malicious attacks.
I believe that it is difficult for the work to continue while a procedure is underway to consider hether the chair of the commission should be removed.
The Middle East is on edge tonight after a missile fired by Hezbollah fighters at a military convoy killed two Israeli soldiers.
It is the Islamic Militant group's most deadly attack on Israeli forces since their five week war nearly a decade ago.
Israel has promised to do whatever it takes to defend itself.
ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports: