Netanyahu gives UN address focused on nuclear Iran, addresses ISIS, Hamas and media war on Israel; Netanyahu to meet with Obama on Wednesday
Prime Minister Netanyahu gave his speech to the United Nations General Assembly Monday afternoon. Addressing issues from Hamas to ISIS, the prime minister echoed his speech from last year focusing on Iran as the main threat not only to the Jewish state, but a global threat.
Addressing Hamas, Netanyahu compared Hamas to ISIS stating that they “are branches of the same poisonous tree. When it comes to their ultimate goal: Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas”. Netanyahu spoke of Israel’s fight against Hamas as a “world fight against militantism” stating, “Israel’s fight against Hamas is your fight. Israel is fighting what your countries might be forced to fight tomorrow.”
He spoke of Hamas’s use of human shields even showing a photo with children playing next to Hamas rocket launchers. He addressed the hypocrisy of the Human Rights Council accusations and criticism of Israel when Hamas uses its children as human shields stating, “Hamas cynically used Palestinians and UN schools as shields and storage sites while firing at Israel.”
The prime minister boldly stated, “The UNHRC has betrayed its noble mission to protect the innocent. The Human Rights Council has become the Terrorist Rights Council. Even the term ‘UN Human Rights Council’ is an oxymoron.”
On slander and attacks on the IDF, Netanyahu stated, “No other army in history has gone to greater lengths to avoid civilian casualties.” On the Palestinian use of the media he addressed how Israel “faced a propaganda war because in an attempt to gain sympathy, Hamas used human shields, homes and hospitals to fire rockets at Israel while Israel surgically struck military targets.”
Netanyahu pointed out the hypocrisy of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of accusing Israel of “genocide” when he, the head of the unity government of Hamas and Fatah, lays idle to human rights violations with Gaza, including the use of children as human shields and executions of those who refused to be human shields.
On the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Netanyahu addressed Israel’s goal to “transform our common interests with moderate Arab states to a partnership that can facilitate peace with Palestinians.”
The prime minister spoke at length on nuclear Iran as the largest threat to the Western world. He pointed out Iranian President Rouhani’s “crocodile tears” in his UN address last week stating, “Don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. Once Iran produces atomic bombs, all the charm will suddenly disappear.”
He spoke of the necessity to not lose focus on Iran as a global threat to the Islamic state stating, “To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war. It’s one thing to confront militant Islamists in a pickup truck with a rifle, another thing when they have weapons of mass destruction. Would you let ISIS enrich uranium or develop intercontinental ballistic missiles? Then you can’t let Iran either.”
Ending his speech, Netanyahu quoted Isaiah in Hebrew, then in English: For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent. For the sake of Jerusalem, I will not be still. Until her justice shines bright and her salvation glows like a flaming torch.
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Obama on Wednesday.