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Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) on Tuesday bashed the "fear-mongering tactics" in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.

Yarmuth, who did not attend the speech, said on Fox News that it was inappropriate for Netanyahu to deliver a speech "aimed at his own political dilemma" and one that raised fears about Iran's nuclear capabilities.

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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who did not attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, railed against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday for inviting Netanyahu to speak before Congress.

"That the Speaker of the House of Representatives would allow the floor of this chamber to be used to undercut the negotiations of the President of the United States is partisan, and it is not right," Lewis said during a press conference following the speech. "The Speaker's action is an affront to the President of the United States, to the Democratic leadership of Congress, and the Department of State."

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech and his portrayal of the United States' knowledge of Iran's nuclear capabilities.

"The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests," Pelosi said in a Tuesday statement following Netanyahu's speech to Congress. "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."

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on Tuesday said that she thought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech was "powerful" but lacked alternatives to the current nuclear deal that the U.S. is negotiating with Iran.

"What he didn't say was what would happen if there was no deal," she said on CNN after Netanyahu's speech to Congress. "And he didn't make a suggestion as to what Israel would find agreeable. He simply said, there's nothing that we agree with here. And then he made a number of pronouncements of terrible things that could happen."

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said that he strongly opposes the current nuclear deal the U.S. is negotiating with Iran and urged leaders to push for a different deal.

"The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal," he said in his speech to Congress.

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