Netanyahu addresses United Nations General Assembly

Netanyahu focuses on nuclear Iran and international “deafening silence” amidst threats from Iran to destroy Israel; Addresses Abbas’s lies and accusations from his address Wednesday

Netanyahu addressing UN General Assembly (AFP)

Netanyahu addressing UN General Assembly (AFP)

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly Thursday, his speech focused mainly on Iran and the nuclear deal, and warning that “unleashed and unmuzzled, Iran will go on the prowl.”

Holding a book written by Iran’s Supreme Leader calling for Israel destruction he stated, “Last month Khamenei made his genocidal intentions clear. Before Iran’s top clerical body, the assembly of experts, he spoke about Israel, home to over six million Jews. He pledged that ‘There will be no Israel in 25 years.’ 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 then paused in silence followed by, “Perhaps you can now understand why Israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal. If Iran’s rulers were working to destroy your country, perhaps you’d be less enthusiastic about the deal.”

He went on to address the praise of the nuclear deal as the world community is “rushing to embrace and do business with a regime openly committed to our destruction.” He stated sternly, “Check your enthusiasm at the door. For those of you who believe that the deal in Vienna will bring a change in Iran’s policy, just listen to what Khamenei said five days after the deal was reached: ‘Our policies toward the arrogant government of the United States will not change. The United States,’ he vowed, ‘will continue to be our enemy’” asking, “Does anyone seriously believe that flooding a radical theocracy with weapons and cash will curb its appetite for aggression?”

Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s diplomatic efforts to stop the nuclear deal with world powers, and Israel’s right to defend itself stating that Iran’s “plans to destroy Israel will fail. Israel will not permit any force on Earth to threaten its future. And here’s my message to all the countries represented here: Whatever resolutions you may adopt here, whatever decisions you take in your capitals, Israel will do whatever it must do to defend our state and to defend our people” calling on the United Nations to enforce the nuclear deal as he stated sternly, “how can I put this? With a little more rigor than you showed with the six Security Council resolutions which Iran has systematically violated and have now been discarded. Make sure that inspectors actually inspect, that snap-back sanctions actually snap back, and the violations aren’t swept under the Persian rug.”

Netanyahu briefly addressed Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas’s accusation in his address Wednesday that Israel is a “racist, terrorist, colonial settlement of our land, which is destroying the two-State solution”. He called on Abbas to “stop spreading lies about Israel’s alleged intentions on the Temple Mount” adding that “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.”