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Robert Gibbs pans Benjamin Netanyahu's Iran nukes speech

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Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs panned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's latest address to the United Nations on the Iranian nuclear weapons program, saying the speech was "directed only at a domestic audience in Israel."

"I don't think Israel helps itself [with] some of the rhetoric that you heard from the prime minister," Gibbs, now an MSNBC analyst, said after the speech.

Netanyahu argued that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is trying to convince western leaders to lift the sanctions on his country in order to make it easier for them to pursue nuclear weapons.

"Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons," he told the United Nations. "If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet, in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others."

In a criticism of that comment, Gibbs said "I don't think Prime Minister Netanyahu does himself a huge amount of good with that."

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