Local leaders react to Netanyahu’s speech in Congress

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP-Mod) — In a speech that stirred political controversy in two countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations underway between Iran and the United States would “all but guarantee” that Tehran would get nuclear weapons, a step he said the world must avoid at all costs.

Local leaders reacted to the controversial speech.

“Our relationship — both Democrats and Republicans in Congress is very, very strong and unshakeable when it comes to the security of Israel and Israel defending itself,” Brian Higgins, a Democrat, said.

Local Republicans say they feel the same way.

“We need to eliminate that threat once and for all, not delay their development of a nuclear bomb. Sanctions are working and more sanctions would work even better,” Chris Collins, a Republican, said.

U.S. and Iranian officials met for two hours on Tuesday morning in the Swiss resort of Montreux, according to U.S. officials.



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