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Benjamin Netanyahu addresses US Congress

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked the United States and President Barack Obama for aiding Israel, and warned of the threat that Iran poses to Israel's survival in an address to US congress.

Mr Netanyahu defended his controversial speech, saying he regretted that it was being perceived as political.

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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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