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Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama said there was “nothing new” in Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress Tuesday, insisting the Israeli Prime Minister did not offer a better option than negotiations.

Netanyahu “did not offer any viable alternatives,” Obama said speaking from the Oval Office.

Netanyahu earlier, before an impassioned joint meeting of Congress, pilloried talks with Iran, which if successful would be a key plank of Obama’s foreign policy legacy.

Receiving a warm welcome from Obama’s Republican foes, Netanyahu insisted the deal “doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb. It paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Obama has refused to meet Netanyahu during his visit to the U.S. capital and said he did not watch the speech but saw a transcript.

“I am not focused in the politics of this, I am not focused on the theater,” Obama said.

“As far as I can tell, there was nothing new.”

“On the core issue, which is how to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon which would make it far more dangerous, the prime minister did not offer any viable alternatives.”

“We don’t yet have a deal,” he added. “But if we are successful, then in fact this will be the best deal possible with to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapon.”

As Obama was speaking, talks between the United States and Iran to reach an agreement continued in Switzerland.

The deal would limit Iranian nuclear activity for a decade or more, but would not completely dismantle facilities that could be used to make a bomb.

Iran says it does not want a nuclear weapon.

This story has been updated.

Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press after a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 3, 2015, in Washington, DC (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

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  • Godzilla

    One would think the issue of Iran having a nuke would be a non-issue. It’s simple, tell Iran that if they use a nuke, in any form, they will be turned into a parking lot. That won’t happen, Obama is a sissy. Valerie Jarret is running this show, that’s her ancestry. The fun is only beginning.

    • charleo1

      That assumes they have one. Mr. Netanyahu wants a full scale invasion of the
      Country to prevent the possibility of their obtaining one. And he wants us to do
      just that. That’s insane in my book. Have we learned nothing? Is my point.

      • Godzilla

        Israel is not capable of a full military invasion of Iran. The best they could do is air strikes. The whole Iran issue is none of our business, none! We have not learned any lessons from the mistakes of the last Bush disasters. We bombed Libya, without just cause, and continue to interfere in other countries affairs. Our interference in Ukraine has reignited the Cold War, let’s pray it don’t become Hot, because the world no longer respects the US government. Obama has seriously reduced our military capabilities. If Russia chose to launch, I’m not sure Obama has the balls to retaliate.

        • JPHALL

          What has Obama done to reduce our military capabilities? He presents a budget and appoints people to run departments like the DOD. Congress funds and oversees the US military and affirms cabinet positions.
          How have we interferred in the Ukraine? And how did Obama cause the rest of the world to not respect the US? Bush did that! Like most Obama haters you just make statements you cannot back up!

          • Godzilla

            JP, I do not have the time (or personal desire) to search the net for all the stories that are out there. AS a vet, I keep in touch with a lot of what’s going on in our current military. Your not going to read about anything on this matter on any Left Wing site or the Lame Stream Media. My suggestion, I kindly suggest you go to and start searching the various subjects. I’m not a paid shill with a long list of links to throw at you, which you wouldn’t read anyway, LOL. Knowledge is power. A closed mind is a dead mind. I have found that far too many people who follow a political agenda, are very closed minded and refuse to even attempt to deal with things that don’t agree with said agenda. The idiots of the Westboro Babtist Church are examples of this. Progressive populists (aka Nazi’s) are the same thing.

          • JPHALL

            So why are you wasting everyone’s time with statements you refuse to prove? I see another worthless troll. By the way, you are not the only veteran.
            Subject: Re: Comment on Obama: Netanyahu Offered No ‘ Viable Alternative’ To Iran Talks

          • idamag


          • idamag

            Oh, these “drop a bomb on somebody” people are not the ones who will end up on the front line nor will their children.

          • Dominick Vila

            Most importantly, our military capabilities reflect the realities of today’s warfare strategies and tactics. The days of human waves ended with WWI. Today, a 19 year old from a base in Nevada can wipe out an entire division with the push of a button.

        • charleo1

          No offense Sir. But I do believe you need to get up to speed on the lay of the land here. True, Israel may not be capable of a
          full invasion of Iran. But, the real danger here, is they don’t need
          to be. Personally I think Netanyahu is as least as dangerous to World peace, and Mid eastern stability as George W, Bush was, or a nuclear armed Iran would be. So Netanyahu comes over here talking about how the U.S. always stands with Israel, no matter what. Then my fear is, he goes back home, wins his reelection, and takes it as a mandate to attack Iran. They retaliate, and we’re dragged into war up to our collective ears.
          Which would suit some in our Congress just fine.. As to Libya. In hindsight, it’s looking more, and more like throwing in with our NATO allies, and helping bring down Gaddafi. Only to have Al Qaeda jihadist fill the void, is not working out very well at all. However, in defense of our actions, he was threatening several hundred thousand of his own people with mass genocide. I do think it’s important to note the Bush Administration did manage to talk Gaddafi into dismantling his own nuclear weapons program. Praised his his, “good friend’s,” judgement, and welcomed him back into the World’s community of peaceful Nations. Then, the next President came in, and… Well you saw the video. And I don’t want to come off as an apologist for Iran. I’m not. But if I was the Grand Poobah over there in Iran. And I watched as the Congress of the most powerful Nation in the World, genuflected itself for Bibi. as he bashed my Country over, and over, as a terrorist State. And who doubts he was watching the waves of standing Os for Netanyahu, as he made his case that there’s only one way to deal with me. Well, I might have my centrifuges running double-triple overtime to get me some of that nuclear deterrent. To bring it closer to home. You say you don’t trust the Federal Government, and disdain the U.S. Congress, and they’re not scraping, and bowing to some war hound that wants to kill you. What would you suspect the leaders of Iran think of the U.S. Congress, and this spectacle?
          And what might you do, if you were in their shoes?

          • Godzilla

            Charleo, first, thank you for posting an honest opinion. I read quite a lot on the net this time of year, I don’t post comments on most of the sites I visit. I post here for the entertainment value. I have been waiting for a paid shill to come out and that has now happened. I know one well, she confirms this. However, that’s not important. Bibi’s little speech was nothing more than political hoopla for his upcoming election. Ask yourself a simple question. If we are Israel’s “protector” then why should Iran be an issue? Even if they had a nuke, using it would be suicide. I have no problem with Iran, or any country for that matter, having a better electrical source that can help the people prosper.

            Israel has the tools to stop any kind of missile attack. Saudi would likely knock it down first, as they still have our Patriot missiles. To me, it’s all political garbage. To answer you last questions, you know my position on the federal government, all of them! I did not watch today’s propaganda speech, never will. What I’m somewhat surprised over is the political divide. This is new territory for our puppets. The hair on your neck should be standing, thinking of what this could all lead too.

            In conclusion, while we may not agree politically, at least we can talk about things with some mutual respect. I do read and respect your opinion, even if I may not agree, it keeps me thinking! PEACE!

  • charleo1

    Netanyahu’s position, or so we may assume by the processes of elimination. That war is not merely an option on the table, it is the only option. Someone needs to explain to Mr. Netanyahu, that making war on a well armed, and equipped Country of 60 million people half way around the World. Is entirely different than cutting off electricity, food, water, and medicines. Then, indiscriminately bombing and shelling defenseless civilian populations next door in Gaza for weeks. His idea of what defending the Apartheid State of Israel looks like.

    • idamag

      Not many countries would allow a foreign leader to come and diss their leader and not many countries’ citizens would not react to protect their leader.

      • Grannysmovin

        Well we have seen how Russia treats [people who diss their leader, it is a deadly response.

  • Grannysmovin

    Yesterday’s speech was the same old tune, with the same flat instrument. If you don’t negotiate how will you stop them from having a nuclear weapon? Where are the various solutions from Israel? When do we stop letting Netanyahu define our foreign policy in the middle east.

    1992: Israeli member of parliament Binyamin Netanyahu predicts that Iran was “3 to 5 years” from having a nuclear weapon.
    1992: Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres predicts an Iranian nuclear warhead by
    1999 to French TV.
    1995: The New York Times quotes US and Israeli officials saying that Iran would have the bomb by 2000.
    1998: Donald Rumsfeld tells Congress that Iran could have an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US by 2003.

    1996 speech before congress: “The most dangerous of these regimes is Iran, that has wed a cruel despotism to a fanatic militancy. If this regime, or its despotic neighbor Iraq, were to acquire nuclear weapons, this could presage catastrophic consequences, not only for my country, and not only for the Middle East, but for all mankind.

    I believe the international community must reinvigorate its efforts to isolate these regimes, and prevent them from acquiring atomic power. The United States and Israel have been at the forefront of this effort, but we can and must do much more. Europe and the countries of Asia must be made to understand that it is folly, nothing short of folly, to pursue short-time material gain while creating a long-term existential danger for all of us.”

    2001 Netanyahu Speech: This is why the US must do everything in its power to prevent regimes like Iran and Iraq from developing nuclear weapons, and disarm them of their weapons of mass destruction. This is why the US must do everything in its power to prevent regimes like Iran and Iraq from developing nuclear weapons, and disarm them of their weapons of mass destruction.

    Testifying before the House Government Reform Committee Sept. 2002
    Netanyahu said: “If you take out Saddam, Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.” @1:11:44

    In July 2013 Netanyahu’s prescription: The U.S. “should ratchet up the sanctions and make it clear to Iran that they won’t get away with it. And if sanctions don’t work and they have to know that you’ll be prepared to take military action, that’s the only thing that will get their attention.”

    • idamag

      Since Israel has six nuclear warheads, and since most of the Arab countries think Israel wants to destroy them and since Netanyahu is a hawk, would you blame Arab countries for trying to develop a nuclear warhead?

  • oldtack

    With the Likud speaking in Congress and our politicians (not Staeesmen, just crooked self serving Politicians) bowing and scraping and applauding BIBI it makes me wonder – Are we Christians or are we just Bastard Jews?

  • Bill Bowe

    Obama is an ineligible usurper, a fraud, and a fool.

    • idamag

      name-calling, in lieu of facts is bullying.

  • Linus Upanother

    Obama just cannot be trusted. Period.