In his speech at the UN General Assembly, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of aggressive behavior and sharply criticized the nuclear deal with Tehran. He also addressed relations with Palestine and berated the UN for alleged anti-Israeli bias.
The nuclear deal with Iran “doesn’t make peace more likely,” but only fuels Iran’s aggression with billions of dollars and sanctions relief, thus making “war more likely,” Benjamin Netanyahu said as he addressed the UN General Assembly on Thursday. He then accused Iran of continued and consistent aggression. Netanyahu claimed that “only in the last six months” Iran boosted “supplies of devastating weapons” and sent Revolutionary Guard soldiers along with Shia fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Syria.
Netanyahu added that Iran also shipped “tons of weapons and ammunitions” to Houthi fighters in Yemen and smuggled missiles and attack drones to Hezbollah in Lebanon to target Israeli “ships and planes.” Additionally, Netanyahu accused Iran of planning to open “two new terror fronts against Israel” in West Bank and Golan Heights as well as of setting up “terror cells” all over the world including in the western hemisphere. The Israeli Prime Minister claimed that sanctions relief would allow Iran to dramatically expand its aggressive policy “devouring more and more prey.”
“Unleashed and un-muzzled, Iran will go on the prowl, devouring more and more prey,” Benjamin Netanyahu said in his speech at the UN General Assembly.
According to Netanyahu, the deal will not “bring a change in the Iran’s policy,” instead, it is likely to “fuel more repression inside Iran and definitely fuel more aggression outside Iran.”
He also expressed his skepticism towards the nuclear deal’s ability to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapon “automatically lifting the most important constrains” and placing “a militant Islamic terror regime weeks away from having …materials for an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs.”
“When bad behavior is rewarded it only gets worse,” he added.
Netanyahu stressed that “the greatest danger facing our world is the coupling of militant Islam with nuclear weapons.” He expressed concern that the nuclear deal with Iran would be “the marriage certificate of this unholy union.”
He even criticized the world for “celebrating this bad deal.” He also claimed that Iran plans to get a weapon capable of “raining down mass destruction, anytime, anywhere.”
Netanyahu told his audience that they would perhaps too be reluctant to celebrate if the deal threatened their neighborhood, claiming that the “intercontinental ballistic missiles Iran is building… are meant for Europe and America.”
Apart from attacking Iran and criticizing the nuclear deal, Netanyahu also sharply criticized the UN itself for silent support of Iran’s actions and what he called an anti-Israeli bias.
“Then as now, the UN is obsessively hostile towards Israel,” he said calling on the international organization to “finally rid itself of the obsessive bashing of Israel.” He also slammed the UN for what he called an “utter, deafening silence” in response to Iran’s threats to destroy Israel and then remained silent for about 40 seconds apparently to attach weight to his words.
“Your plan to destroy Israel will fail,” he added addressing “those who seek [Israel’s] destruction.”
He also reaffirmed Israel’s commitment to an alliance with the US by calling the differences about the nuclear deal “a disagreement within the family” and stating that, in fact, the two countries have no disagreements.
Speaking about relations with other nations, Benjamin Netanyahu, also addressed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He claimed that Israel is committed to peace and added that he is prepared to “immediately resume direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority without any pre-conditions whatsoever.”
He also stressed that he is committed to the two-state solution and the mutual recognition of Israel and Palestine.
He blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for refusing to negotiate and demonstrating “rejectionism” referring to the Abbas’s speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
“Israel expects Palestinian authority to abide by its commitments,” he said adding that “Palestinians should not walk away from peace.”
He called on President Abbas to try to “actually negotiate and stop negotiating about negotiations … to sit down and try to resolve this conflict … recognize each other and not to use the Palestinian state as a stepping stone to another Islamist dictatorship in the Middle East but something that would live in peace to the Jewish state.”
“If we actually do that, we can do remarkable things for our peoples,” Netanyahu said.