His impassioned address dealt mainly with the Iranian threat, with the Israeli prime minister saying that the days when the Jewish people remain passive in the face of genocide are over. He lambasted the international body for its ‘deafening silence’ in response to the Iranian regime’s threats to annihilate Israel, pausing his speech for 45 seconds to make his point.
The Israeli prime minister has a history of taking headline-grabbing gimmicks to the United Nations. Three years ago at the General Assembly, he made headlines by holding up a cartoon of an Iranian bomb and drawing a red line on it.
Netanyahu warned the United Nations that Iran’s missiles were not only aimed at Israel but also at the rest of the world, and he vowed to continue to act to prevent transfers of arms to Hezbollah from and through Syria.
To a hall that was largely empty and with no senior US official present apart from the US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, Netanyahu told Iran that its plan to destroy Israel would fail, and implored that the world not ignore Iranian violations of the nuclear deal.
Netanyahu only briefly touched on the issue of peace talks with the Palestinians, calling for Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table without preconditions and demanding that he stop spreading lies about Israel’s intentions towards the Temple Mount. Netanyahu also committed to the status quo at the flashpoint Jerusalem Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
Addressing the Palestinian leader directly, he said: “President Abbas, I know it’s not easy. I know it’s hard.
“But we owe it to our peoples to try. To continue to try. Because together… if we actually sit down and try to resolve this conflict between us… we can do remarkable things for our people,” Netanyahu added.
Netanyahu also spoke of the strength of the friendship between Israel and the US, with his remarks coming more than a month before his planned November 9 meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama, when the two leaders will attempt to patch up frayed relations.
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