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Nancy Pelosi: 'I Was Near Tears' During Netanyahu's Speech To Congress

03/03/2015 12:49 pm ET | Updated Mar 03, 2015

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she was "near tears" during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

In his speech, Netanyahu warned the U.S. about accepting a nuclear deal with Iran, saying it "will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons - it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons - lots of them."

"This deal won't be a farewell to arms, it will be a farewell to arms control ... a countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare," Netanyahu said.

Pelosi said she was "saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States." She was noticeably displeased with Netanyahu's remarks during his speech.

Read Pelosi's full statement below:

The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests. Ours is a deep and abiding friendship that will always reach beyond party. Americans stand shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli people. The state of Israel stands as the greatest political achievement of the 20th century, and the United States will always have an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security.

That is why, 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.

Read more on Netanyahu's speech here.

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