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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

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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."

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.

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Head of UN inquiry into war crimes in Gaza conflict resigns

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.

William Schabas was appointed to lead an investigation into alleged war crimes committed during Israel's military operation in Gaza last year Credit: Reuters

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.

– William Schabas

Middle East on edge after Hezbollah attack on Israel frontier

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:

White House condems Hezbollah 'act of violence'

Credit: Reuters

The United States has condemned the deadly attack by Hezbollah on an Israeli military convoy that killed two Israeli soldiers, and urged both sides to "refrain from actions that could escalate the situation", according to Reuters.

"We urge all parties to refrain from any action that could escalate the situation," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a daily briefing.

A Spanish UN peacekeeper was also killed, but it is not yet known which side is responsible for his death, a UN spokesperson said.

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