- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s member of the U.S. House of Representatives says he was disappointed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in which he said an emerging nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran would be a bad deal.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch says he attended Netanyahu’s Tuesday speech hoping the prime minister would justify why he came to Washington two weeks before Israeli elections.

Netanyahu told Congress that an emerging agreement between Iran and the United States would all but guarantee that Iran gets nuclear weapons.

Vermont U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders skipped Netanyahu’s speech.

Leahy said the speech “needlessly injected domestic politics into our relations with Israel.”

Sanders said it was unfortunate that Netanyahu didn’t offer serious alternatives to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.

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