Obama says Netanyahu offered no better plan

President Barack Obama responded cuttingly to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s warning to Congress Tuesday that the deal under discussion could “pave Iran’s path to the bomb.” Obama said Netanyahu had not offered any “viable alternatives” to negotiating with Iran.  “If we’re successful in negotiating, then, in fact, this will be the best deal possible to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. “Nothing else comes close. Sanctions won’t do it. Even military action would not be as successful as the deal that we have put forward.”
Netanyahu won many standing, cheering ovations from a packed chamber, but dozens of Democrats stayed away from the joint session and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying his speech had been an “insult to the intelligence of the US” that left her near tears.
Tehran called the speech "boring and repetitive.” Responding to the prime minister’s allegations that Iran was “gobbling up its neighbors,” a state sponsor of world terror, and untrustworthy, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said the "Iranophobic" speech was a "deceitful show and part of the election campaign of Tel Aviv's hardliners.”

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