Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu delivered yet another impressive and emotional speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA), taking the world body to task about its obsession with the Jewish State and its sheepish acceptance of the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers.
“We see a world celebrating this bad deal, rushing to embrace and do business with a regime openly committed to our destruction,” The Israeli PM said.
Netanyahu took an unusual step to pause during his speech after he compared the reaction of the international community to Iran’s repeated vows to annihilate Israel to what happened in the world more than seventy years ago when the Nazi’s murdered six million Jews.
“Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, to murder my people, and the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here, has been absolutely nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence,” Netanyahu told the UNGA.
After he lambasted the United Nations for its deafening silence in response to the Iranian threats the Israeli PM stood at the podium of the General Assembly and stared silently at the delegates of UN member states for 45 seconds to make his point.
Netanyahu gave the General Assembly several examples of recent threats to exterminate Israel made by Iranian leaders and showed the delegates a new book written by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, that deals with a detailed plan to destroy Israel.
He detailed how Iran has used the period of the final negotiations about a nuclear deal with six world powers to supply new sophisticated weaponry to its proxy armies at Israel’s border and to boost weapon supply to the forces of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Netanyahu also told the UNGA that Iran was behind Hezbollah terror plots that have recently been discovered in Kuwait, Jordan and Cyprus.
Netanyahu said that the amount of explosives found in the Cyprus terror plot was enough to commit a devastating act of terror comparable to the Oklahoma attack in the United States and warned that Iran is currently preparing dozens of other attacks including several in the northern hemisphere.
The Israeli PM said that the nuclear agreement will not turn the rapacious tiger (Iran) into a kitten and added that when bad behavior is rewarded it only gets worse.
“The greatest danger facing our world is the coupling of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. The deal with Iran could be “the marriage certificate of this unholy union,” Netanyahu added.
At the end of his remarks on Iran, Netanyahu again made clear that Israel is not bound by the nuclear agreement with Iran and threatened the international community that Israel will never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.
He told the Iranian leaders that their plans to annihilate Israel will fail and mentioned empires that had tried to destroy the Jewish nation throughout its history of three thousand years but vanished from the face of earth while the Jewish people returned home and are alive and kicking. “Am Yisrael Chai,” (The people of Israel is alive), Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu briefly touched upon the speech of PA President Abbas who addressed the UNGA yesterday.
Abbas had accused Israel of seeking to change the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem which is today home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Mosque of Omar (Dome of the Rock) and threatened to terminate the Oslo accords when Israel continues to breach the agreements.
Netanyahu said that Israel does everything possible to maintain the status quo on the Temple Mount including a ban on Jewish prayer and accused the Palestinians of smuggling explosives into the mosque and of violent acts against Christian and Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount.
“President Abbas, stop spreading lies about Israel’s alleged intentions on the Temple Mount. Israel is fully committed to maintaining the status quo there. What President Abbas should be speaking out against are the actions of militant Islamists who are smuggling explosives into the al-Aqsa Mosque and trying to prevent Jewish and Christian visitors from entering the site,” Netanyahu said. He added that this was the real threat to this sacred site.
Netanyahu told the UNGA that “Israel expects the Palestinian Authority to abide by its commitments,” implying that it is the PA that is in breach of the Oslo Accords.
“The Palestinians should not walk away from peace,” he said. Netanyahu repeated his offer to Abbas, to return to the negotiation table immediately “without preconditions.” He said that it would not be easy to reach an accord but that both leaders owe this to their peoples. The UN can help advance peace but not by imposing solutions and not encourage Palestinian rejectionism, he added.
At the end of his speech, Netanyahu told the delegates that the UN should rid itself of its obsessive bashing of Israel. He gave one example of this obsession. Despite four years of horrific violence in Syria during which more than 250,000 people lost their life, the UN continues to adopt resolutions that condemn Israel and not the Syrian regime. Just last year the UNGA adopted twenty resolutions against Israel and just one resolution about the ‘savage slaughter’ in Syria, Netanyahu said.
He called upon the UN to finally stand with Israel because “Israel is not just defending itself but you.”
Just two hours after Netanyahu delivered his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, Palestinian terrorists killed two Israeli citizens near the village of Itamar in the northern West Bank (Shomron). Israeli paramedics found the bodies of two Jewish Israelis who were murdered by gunshots in the chest in a car along the road between Alon Moreh and Itamar. Four children who apparently traveled with the victims escaped unharmed and were brought to the Itamar junction where they were examined by doctors who had arrived at the scene.