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Outside the U.S. Capitol, a clash of opinions on Netanyahu speech

By Astrid Goh and Medha Imam, Medill News Service

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- They came with opinions. Lots of opinions.

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spoke to a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday, people gathered outside the U.S. Capitol. The air was filled with chants representing a diversity of thoughts and ideas, spanning from anti-Israel to pro-Palestine groups. "Netanyahu and his state do not represent world Jewry or Judaism," said Rabbi Dovid Feldman of Neturei Karta International, an organization of Orthodox Jews against Zionism.

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Inside, Netanyahu blasted the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal in the works as a "bad deal" for Israel and, in fact, all of the world.

House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak, much to the consternation of the White House. President Barack Obama was not present for the address, though he said later he did look at a transcript. "The alternative the prime minister offers is no deal, in which case Iran will immediately begin once again pursuing its nuclear program, accelerate its nuclear program without us having any insight into what they're doing and without strength," Obama said.

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