Netanyahu leaves for Washington
Netanyahu leaves for Washington Amos Ben Gershom/GPO

Following his high-profile speech to Congress last night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu returned to Israel Wednesday.

In a statement shortly after landing, Netanyahu said he was satisfied with his address and its reception.

"After my short visit to the United States, I return to Israel knowing that many around the world heard what Israel has to say about the impending deal with Iran," he said in a statement released by the Prime Minister's Office.

In an apparent response to claims by US President Barack Obama that his speech did not offer "practical alternatives" to the deal with Iran currently under discuss, the prime minister added: "In my speech before the Congress, I presented a practical alternative, which would impose tougher restrictions on Iran's nuclear program, extending Iran's breakout time by years.

"I also called on the P5+1 to insist on a deal that would link the lifting of those restrictions to Iran's ceasing its sponsorship of terrorism around the world, its aggression against its neighbors and its calls for Israel's destruction."

The responses he received were positive, he emphasized - from both sides of the isle.

"I heard encouraging responses from both Democrats and Republicans. They understood that the current proposal would lead to a bad deal and that the alternative is a better deal." 

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