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September 29, 2014 1:56 pm

Full Transcript: Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech at the United Nations General Assembly, 2014 (VIDEO)

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Below is the full transcript of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks before the United Nations General Assembly on September 29th, 2014.

Thank you, Mr. President. Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we seek. I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the people of Israel pray for peace, but our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace are in danger because everywhere we look militant Islam is on the march. It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam. And typically its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one: Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds. No creed, no faith, no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it’s rapidly spreading in every part of the world.

You know the famous American saying, all politics is local? For the militant Islamists, all politics is global, because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world. Now, that threat might seem exaggerated to some since it starts out small, like a cancer that attacks a particular part of the body. But left unchecked, the cancer grows, metastasizing over wider and wider areas. To protect the peace and security of the world, we must remove this cancer before it’s too late.

Last week, many of the countries represented here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS, and yet weeks before, some of these same countries, the same countries that now support confronting ISIS, opposed Israel for confronting Hamas. They evidently don’t understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree.

ISIS and Hamas share a fanatical creed, which they both seek to impose well beyond the territory under their control. Listen to ISIS’ self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. This is what he said two months ago: A day will soon come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master. The Muslims will cause the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism and destroy the idol of democracy. Now listen to Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas. He proclaims a similar vision of the future: We say this to the West — by Allah you will be defeated. Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world.

As Hamas’ charter makes clear, Hamas’ immediate goal is to destroy Israel, but Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate. Hamas shares the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists, and that’s why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of Gaza as thousands of Americans were murdered in 9/11, and that’s why its leaders condemn the United States for killing Osama bin Laden whom they praised as a holy warrior.

So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas. And what they share in common all militant Islamists share in common. Boko Haram in Nigeria, al-Shabab in Somalia, Hezbollah in Lebanon, al-Nusra in Syria, the Mahdi army in Iraq, and the al-Qaida branches in Yemen, Libya, the Philippines, India and elsewhere.

Some are radical Sunnis, some are radical Shiites, some want to restore a pre-medieval caliphate from the seventh century, others want to trigger the apocalyptic return of an imam from the ninth century. They operate in different lands, they target different victims and they even kill each other in their battle for supremacy. But they all share a fanatic ideology. They all seek to create ever-expanding enclaves of militant Islam where there is no freedom and no tolerance, where women are treated as chattel, Christians are decimated and minorities are subjugated, sometimes given the stark choice, convert or die. For them, anyone can be considered an infidel, including fellow Muslims.

Ladies and gentlemen, militant Islam’s ambition to dominate the world seems mad, but so too did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that swept into power eight decades ago. The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. They just disagree who among them will be the master of the master faith. That’s what they truly disagree about. And therefore, the question before us is whether militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions.

There is one place where that could soon happen — the Islamic State of Iran. For 35 years, Iran has relentlessly pursued the global mission which was set forth by its founding ruler, Ayatollah Khomeini, in these words. “We will export our revolution to the entire world until the cry ‘there is no god but Allah’ will echo throughout the world over.” And ever since, the regime’s brutal enforcers, Iran’s revolutionary guards, have done exactly that.

Listen to its current commander, General Mohammad Ali Jafari. And he clearly stated his goal. He said “Our imam did not limit the Islamic revolution to this country, our duty is to prepare the way for an Islamic world government.”

Iran’s President Rouhani stood here last week and shed crocodile tears over what he called the globalization of terrorism. Maybe he should spare us those phony tears and have a word instead with the commanders of Iran’s revolutionary guards. He could ask them to call off Iran’s global terror campaign, which has included attacks in two dozen countries on five continents since 2011 alone.

You know, to say that Iran doesn’t practice terrorism is like saying Derek Jeter never played shortstop for the New York Yankees. This is — this bemoaning by the Iranian president of the spread of terrorism has got to be one of history’s greatest displays of doubletalk.

Now, some argue that Iran’s global terror campaign, its subversion of countries throughout the Middle East and well beyond the Middle East, some argue that this is the work of the extremists. They say things are changing. They point to last year’s election in Iran. They claim that Iran’s smooth-talking president and foreign minister, they’ve changed not only the tone of Iran’s foreign policy but also its substance. They believe that Rouhani and Zarif (generally/genuinely ?) want to reconcile with the West, that they’ve abandoned the global mission of the Islamic Revolution. Really?

So let’s look at what Foreign Minister Zarif wrote in his book just a few years ago:

We have a fundamental problem with the West, and especially with America. This is because we are heirs to a global mission which is tied to our raison d’être, a global mission which is tied to our very reason for being.

And then Zarif asks a question — I think an interesting one. He says: How come Malaysia — he’s referring to an overwhelmingly Muslim country — how come Malaysia doesn’t have similar problems? And he answers: Because Malaysia is not trying to change the international order.

That’s your moderate. So don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. It’s designed for one purpose and for one purpose only: to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb. The Islamic Republic is now trying to bamboozle its way to an agreement that will remove the sanctions it still faces and leave it with a capacity of thousands of refugees — of centrifuges, rather — to enrich uranium. This would effectively cement Iran’s place as a threshold military nuclear power. And in the future, at the time of its choosing, Iran, the world’s most dangerous regime, in the world’s most dangerous region, would obtain the world’s most dangerous weapons. Allowing that to happen would pose the gravest threat to us all. It’s one thing to confront militant Islamists on pickup trucks armed with Kalashnikov rifles. It’s another thing to confront militant Islamists armed with weapons of mass destruction.

I remember that last year, everyone here was rightly concerned about the chemical weapons in Syria, including the possibility that they would fall into the hands of terrorists. Well, that didn’t happen, and President Obama deserves great credit for leading the diplomatic effort to dismantle virtually all of Syria’s chemical weapons capability. Imagine how much more dangerous the Islamic State, ISIS, would be if it possessed chemical weapons. Now imagine how much more dangerous the Islamic state of Iran would be if it possessed nuclear weapons.

Ladies and gentlemen, would you let ISIS enrich uranium? Would you let ISIS build a heavy water reactor? Would you let ISIS develop intercontinental ballistic missiles? Of course you wouldn’t. Then you mustn’t let the Islamic state of Iran do those things either, because here’s what will happen. Once Iran produces atomic bombs, all the charms and all the smiles will suddenly disappear. They’ll just vanish. And it’s then that the ayatollahs will show their true face and unleash their aggressive fanaticism on the entire world.

There’s only one responsible course of action to address this threat. Iran’s nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled. (Applause.) Make no mistake: ISIS must be defeated. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war. (Applause.) To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war.

Ladies and gentlemen, the fight against militant Islam is indivisible. When militant Islam succeeds anywhere, it’s emboldened everywhere. When it suffers a blow in one place, it’s set back in every place. That’s why Israel’s fight against Hamas is not just our fight, it’s your fight. Israel is fighting a fanaticism today that your countries may be forced to fight tomorrow. For 50 days this past summer Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel, many of them supplied by Iran. I want you to think about what your countries would do if thousands of rockets were fired at your cities. Imagine millions of your citizens having seconds at most to scramble to bomb shelters day after day. You wouldn’t let terrorists fire rockets at your cities with impunity, nor would you let terrorists dig dozens of terror tunnels under your borders to infiltrate your towns in order to murder and kidnap your citizens. Israel justly defended itself against both rocket attacks and terror tunnels. (Applause.)

Yet Israel faced another challenge. We faced a propaganda war because in an attempt to win the world sympathy, Hamas cynically used Palestinian civilians as human shields. It used schools — not just schools; U.N. schools — private homes, mosques, even hospitals to store and fire rockets at Israel. As Israel surgically struck at the rocket launchers and at the tunnels, Palestinian civilians were tragically but unintentionally killed. There are heartrending images that resulted, and these fueled libelous charges that Israel was deliberately targeting civilians. We were not. We deeply regret every single civilian casualties.

And the truth is this: Israel was doing everything to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. Hamas was doing everything to maximize Israeli civilian casualties and Palestinian civilian casualties. Israel dropped flyers, made phone calls, sent text messages, broadcast warnings in Arabic on Palestinian television, all this to enable Palestinian civilians to evaluate targeted areas. No other country and no other army in history have gone to greater lengths to avoid casualties among the civilian population of their enemies. (Applause.)

Now, this concern for Palestinian life was all the more remarkable given that Israeli civilians were being bombarded by rockets day after day, night after night. And as their families were being rocketed by Hamas, Israel’s citizen army, the brave soldiers of the IDF, our young boys and girls, they upheld the highest moral values of any army in the world. (Applause.) Israel’s soldiers deserve not condemnation but admiration, admiration from decent people everywhere. (Applause.)

Now, here is what Hamas did. Here is what Hamas did. Hamas embedded its missile batteries in residential areas and told Palestinians to ignore Israel’s warnings to leave. And just in case people didn’t get the message, they executed Palestinian civilians in Gaza who dared to protest. And no less reprehensible, Hamas deliberately placed its rockets where Palestinian children live and play. Let me show you a photograph. It was taken by a France 24 crew during the recent conflict. It shows two Hamas rocket launchers, which were used to attack us. You see three children playing next to them. Hamas deliberately put its rockets in hundreds of residential areas like this — hundreds of them.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a war crime. And I say to President Abbas, these are the crimes, the war crimes, committed by your Hamas partners in the national unity government which you head and you are responsible for. And these are the real war crimes you should have investigated or spoken out against from this podium last week. (Applause.)

Ladies and gentlemen, as Israel’s children huddle in bomb shelters and Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense knocked Hamas rockets out of the sky, the profound moral difference between Israel and Hamas couldn’t have been clearer. Israel was using its missiles to protect its children. Hamas was using its children to protect its missiles. (Applause.)

By investigating Israel rather than Hamas for war crimes, the U.N. Human Rights Council has betrayed its noble mission to protect the innocent. In fact, what it’s doing is to turn the laws of war upside down. Israel, which took unprecedented steps to minimize civilian casualties — Israel is condemned. Hamas, which both targeted and hid behind civilians — that’s a double war crime — Hamas is given a pass.

The Human Rights Council is thus sending a clear message to terrorists everywhere: Use civilians as a human shield. Use them again and again and again. And you know why? Because, sadly, it works. By granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the U.N. Human Rights Council has thus become a terrorist rights council, and it will have repercussions — it probably already has — about the use of civilians as human shields. It’s not just our interests. It’s not just our values that are under attack. It’s your interests and your values.

Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a world steeped in tyranny and terror where gays are hanged from cranes in Tehran, political prisoners are executed in Gaza, young girls are abducted en masse in Nigeria, and hundreds of thousands are butchered in Syria, Libya and Iraq, yet nearly half — nearly half of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s resolutions focusing on a single country have been directed against Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East; Israel, where issues are openly debated in a boisterous parliament, where human rights are protected by the — by independent courts, and where women, gays and minorities live in a genuinely free society.

The human rights — that’s an oxymoron, the human — U.N. Human Rights Council, but I’ll use it just the same. The council’s biased treatment of Israel is only one manifestation of the return of one of the world’s largest prejudices. We hear mobs today in Europe call for the gassing of Jews. We hear some national leaders compare Israel to the Nazis. This is not a function of Israel’s policies. It’s a function of diseased minds. and that disease has a name. It’s called anti-Semitism. It is now spreading in polite society where it masquerades as legitimate criticism of Israel.

For centuries the Jewish people have been demonized with blood libels and charges of deicide. Today the Jewish state is demonized with the apartheid libel and charges of genocide — genocide. In what moral universe does genocide include warning the enemy civilian population to get out of harm’s way, or ensuring that they receive tons — tons of humanitarian aid each day even as thousands of rockets are being fired at us, or setting up a field hospital to aid their wounded?

Well, I suppose it’s the same moral universe where a man who wrote a dissertation of lies about the Holocaust and who insists on a Palestine free of Jews — Judenrein — can stand at this podium and shamelessly accuse Israel of genocide and ethnic cleansing. In the past, outrageous lies against the Jews were the precursors to the wholesale slaughter of our people, but no more. Today, we, the Jewish people, have the power to defend ourselves. We will defend ourselves against our enemies on the battlefield — (applause) — we will expose their lies against us in the court of public opinion. Israel will continue to stand proud and unbowed. (Applause.)

Ladies and gentlemen, despite the enormous challenges facing Israel, I believe we have a historic opportunity. After decades of seeing Israel as their enemy, leading states in the Arab world increasingly recognize that together, we and they face many of the same dangers, and principally, this means a nuclear-armed Iran and militant Islamist movements gaining ground in the Sunni world. Our challenge is to transform these common interests to create a productive partnership, one that would build a more secure, peaceful and prosperous Middle East. Together, we can strengthen regional security, we can advance projects in water and agricultural, in transportation and health and energy in so many fields.

I believe the partnership between us can also help facilitate peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Now, many have long assumed that an Israeli-Palestinian peace can help facilitate a broader rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world. But these days, I think it may work the other way around, namely that a broader rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world may help facilitate an Israeli-Palestinian peace. And therefore, to achieve that peace, we must look not only to Jerusalem and Ramallah but also to Cairo, to Amman, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and elsewhere.

I believe peace can be realized with the active involvement of Arab countries — those that are willing to provide political, material and other indispensable support. I’m ready to make a historic compromise, not because Israel occupies a foreign land. The people of Israel are not occupiers in the land of Israel. (Applause.) History, archaeology and common sense all make clear that we have had a singular attachment to this land for over 3,000 years.

I want peace because I want to create a better future for my people, but it must be a genuine peace — one that is anchored in mutual recognition and enduring security arrangements — rock solid security arrangements on the ground, because you see, Israeli withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza created two militant Islamic enclaves on our borders for which tens of thousands of rockets have been fired at Israel, and these sobering experiences heightens Israel’s security concerns (regarding ?) potential territorial concessions in the future.

Now, those security concerns are even greater today. Just look around you. The Middle East is in chaos, states are disintegrating, and militant Islamists are filling the void. Israel cannot have territories from which it withdraws taken over by Islamic militants yet again, as happened in Gaza and Lebanon. That would place the likes of ISIS within mortar range, a few miles, of 80 percent of our population.

Now think about that. The distance between the 1967 lines and the suburbs of Tel Aviv is like the distance between the U.N. building here and Times Square. Israel is a tiny country. That’s why in any peace agreement, which will obviously necessitate a territorial compromise, I will always insist that Israel be able to defend itself by itself against any threat. (Applause.)

And yet despite everything that has happened, some still don’t take Israel’s security concerns seriously. But I do and I always will — (applause) — because as prime minister of Israel, I’m entrusted with the awesome responsibility of ensuring the future of the Jewish people and the future of the Jewish state. And no matter what pressure is brought to bear, I will never waiver in fulfilling that responsibility. (Applause.)

I believe that with a fresh approach from our neighbors, we can advance peace despite the difficulties we face. See, in Israel, we have a record of making the impossible possible. We’ve made a desolate land flourish, and with very few natural resources, we’ve used the fertile minds of our people to turn Israel into a global center of technology and innovation, and peace, of course, would enable Israel to realize its full potential and to bring a promising future not only for our people, not only for the Palestinian people, but for many, many others in our region.

But the old template for peace must be updated. It must take into account new realities and new roles and responsibilities for our Arab neighbors.

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a new Middle East. It presents new dangers but also new opportunities. Israel is prepared to work with Arab partners and the international community to confront those dangers and to seize those opportunities. Together, we must recognize the global threat of militant Islam, the primacy of dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons capability and the indispensable role of Arab states in advancing peace with the Palestinians. All this may fly in the face of conventional wisdom, but it’s the truth, and the truth must always be spoken, especially here in the United Nations. (Applause.)

Isaiah, our great prophet of peace, taught us nearly 3,000 years ago in Jerusalem to speak truth to power. (Speaks in Hebrew.) 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.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us light a torch of truth and justice to safeguard our common future. Thank you. (Applause.)

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  • PM Netanyahu; I salute you, I stand with you, support you and know that you stand firmly, unmoving against world opinion, world pressure and the lies spread by the world(which is satan). People ignorantly spout what they may have heard…”Islam is a peaceful religion!” I say, “really, what do you base this opinion on?” They don’t know..they naively believe it’s only a few radicals that give they whole (rotten) apple cart a bad name! I say, “do you know that the koran says all non-islamists should be killed, all infidels should be killed?” One lady was so unbelieving she didn’t believe me until she looked it up online–then and only then did she have to re-think her opinion that they are a peaceful people. This was my opportunity to compare the only true peaceful book, the one that says..”love your enemies, pray for them.” This book is NOT the koran; it’s the Bible!
    Thank you, PM Benyamin Netanyahu for standing up boldly, proudly and with wisdom and truth and telling the world the truth; (John 8:32-“And you will know the truth; and the truth will set you free”) that you refuse to bow or bend to terrorism and threats–no matter who agrees or disagrees with you. You have always stood proud for truth even when all were against you. As a Christian I am proud to stand with you and talk with you to the world and tell the world you are right, you have the God-given right to own, occupy and defend your homeland, Israel and tell the world who the real terrorists and breakers of the peace truly are; despite who may not like you or give you support. You have the courage of your convictions and truth and we know that God is truth and He loves truth and Israel will always belong to the Jews; Joshua 21:43 “Thus, the Lord gave to Israel all the land He swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there.”
    Thank you, PM Netanyahu for a truly insightful, informational and honest picture of the true dangers to world peace and human rights violations and the committers of crimes against humanity–it is not, never was and never will be Israel–Israel is the “Apple of God’s Eye and He has sworn to protect Israel” as He tells us in Zechariah 2:8 “For thus says the LORD of hosts, After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”
    Thank you for your courage and leadership; I hope the US will listen and heed your warnings, your blowing the shofar to tell the world what the watchman on the wall are seeing coming! Kathy S Manos

  • Great,enlightening and inspiring speech.I pray God’s will is perfected in Isreal.May God’s hedge around Isreal remain unbroken.Pray for America that she will continue to trust in her everlasting God.
    stella
    Nigeria

  • Megan

    What a truthful and insightful speech by a true “leader”. God is watching and listening and I believe this man has the heart of God and his people. I so wish there were more leaders in the world today because right now in America we are at a turning point and if we don’t come together with other nations to fight these extremists, we will experience things unimaginable in our lifetime. I will continue to pray for Israel, America and all nations! We need to hear the truth at all cost!

  • It’s really a brilliant speech, but there is nothing new. Everybody knows about the most human, most moral and most democratic state–Israel. That’s why many hate it. Everything that beyond our understanding (e.g. to feed Gaza amidst thousands of rockets a day, launched at Israel –few can understand it)
    But Mr. Netaniahu speech has one defect: he never mentioned who the main supporter of Iran, Syrian Regime and HAMAS. He didn’t mention that it was recently found the most modern rockets “Cornet”, made and delivered from Putin’s Russia. He never mentioned that the warplane from Syria which broke into Israeli airspace was SU-24, made in Russia , and so on and so on. If French President Holland would delivery a powerful warship Mistral on demand of Putin, be sure that this warship will be used not only against Israel, but the USA and the West, too. We must not underscore one more threat to the peace—Russia.

  • Naúm Grinfeld

    I affirm that in all over the world his hwonderful words,his certain expression MUST be expressed because those are the truth! I refer about this: the present State of Israel IS where it was (in part… of then) since Sinai Mount time.
    I fight for this reality in Argentina, here there are many enemies (the bad simulator president Kirchner, several kind of leaders, journalists) of our real history and present days.
    Naúm Grinfeld,director of “Itinerarios”.
    grinfeldnaum@yahoo.com.ar

  • E. Gross

    A splendidly well crafted speech. It measures up to the eloquence of Obama with a slight difference.

    Obama’s empty words and double-talk,reflect no vision, no action, and no substance. Yet it reflects his stated aim of elevating the Muslim agenda. Just follow his speeches commencing with that of Cairo declaration.Try to evaluate his remark of the importance of Muslim cultural influence for the U.S.A. See his subservience to Islam and so on.
    The U.S.A could do without that so called culture of terror, or subservience to any king or sheik.

    Listen to Bibi’s heartfelt words based on facts and truth.
    Get a lesson of warning to Western democracies. I can foresee that some day someone will quote his words in the White House unless the Caliphate will reign from Mecca

  • Thomas Coad

    It is difficult to believe that the “civilized” countries of this world could fail to appreciate the most civilized group among us — the Jews. They are the first to establish a free country, with full rights for all its citizens, a free economy, and threatening no one. Israel has built a vibrant, creative nation on a tiny strip of virtual desert. Jews contribute more than any other group to world culture. They lead in per capita Nobel Prize winners (about 140 compared to seven from the entire Muslim world), and supply a high proportion of leaders in science, literature, the arts, industry, government, and finance. In the Middle East, Israel, on two occasions, has offered Palestinians peace and their first opportunity to form their own state. The answer has been ceaseless hatred, continued aggression, incompetent leaders, and endless attacks. Now Israel is being asked to ignore rocket attacks and negotiate with Hamas before Hamas is disarmed? The “civilized” world allowed Hitler and Stalin to amass power. Now we are allowing Iran to acquire nuclear arms, and opposing only a small part of the Islamic threats. The real danger to the United States is the unwillingness of this administration to recognize its friends, and deal with its enemies. If Israel suffers from the effects of this blindness, the U.S. — and the civilized world — will suffer.

  • Shirley kedes

    This brilliantly convincing comprehensive speech by B.Netanyahu is the perfect response to the United Nations and anti-Israel protestors. Hopefully he has helped the peaceful people of the world to wake up to ths global threat and join Israel in ridding us all of this scourge.

  • mariana grinblat

    i think forceful action by the israeli needs to be taken immediately against the ISIS and HAMAS forces, forget the rhetorics! it is not the time to dilly-dally!

    these murderers grow at an alarming rate, while we debate, we have no time for that. cheers for the brave Israelis, and excellent speech by their PM, Mariana G

  • Jacob Sofier

    Such natural logic should be heard by all peace loving people. the Arab boycott of these pearls of wisdom shows their complete disregard of wanting a peaceful world. they may have a rude awakening if ISIS is allowed to flourish and thousands of their fellow more moderate Moslim brothers butchered by this evil regime.

  • Malcolm Jackson

    I am not religious, but thank God for Israel & Benjamin Netanyahu.
    The whole world owes you.

  • hammar

    Only Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Pray Constantly!
    “Lord, Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on us.”

  • A great speech by a great orator. I agree with every word spoken. What a difference from Abbas’s twisted pathetic utterance.Good on you Bejamin Netanyahu.

  • theo

    Absolutely brilliant and so delivered too
    Everything which had to be said was said and with consummate craftsmanship
    Despite the empty seats everything Netanyahu said will reach the ears of those absentees and they will know their designs are known
    Netanyahu is without doubt one of a few of the world’s most insightful leaders May his voice and warnings be heeded before it is too late

  • Sam

    Bravo! Mr. Prime Minister, you do the Jewish People proud.

    Score a huge one for Truth, Justice–done the Israeli way.

    Thank you!

  • Howie Subnick

    I listened to a GREAT man, I listened to a GREAT leader and I listened to a GREAT warrior. I would follow him anywhere in order to make peace happen. I would fight with him, side by side in order to elliminate antisemetism. Not enough people that hate Israel, like those in Australia, have been killed. It will never stop unless they are removed from this earth. I spent four years in the Korean conflict and the Vietnam war and during that time I was side by side with non-Jews and we respected each others ways. Never a problem. When I was in the south in the United States I was in uniform and wanted to buy something. I said to the sales person I was not interested and her answer to me was, “I’m not a Jew”. I was extremely shocked and said to her, “lady you couldn’t make a pimple on a Jews ass”. She said nothing and later on I thought, I should not have said anything. My friends with me, gave me a pat on the back. Mr. Prime Minister, never stop what you are doing for the Jews around the world and those nonJews who believe what you say and what you stand for. Happy New Year to you and your family, friends and all those in the IDF.

  • Shalom Freedman

    On the one side is the clear and truthful message of the Israeli Prime Minister speaking to that minority open to hearing him. There can be no doubt that one major line of his message, that the danger is not to Israel alone but to all those who value Democracy and Freedom is true.
    He too in putting the respective degrees of danger from ISIS and Iran in proper perspective has corrected the apparent position of the present U.S. Administration.
    Overall, his speech was a masterwork masterfully presented.
    But the stylistics are not what is truly important. What is important is that he spoke the Truth to an endangered world one in which those who stand for what is best in Humanity are threatened by those who embody the worst.
    As Israel stands so stands decent Humanity.

  • Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement, when quoting the Iranian foreign minister, is misleading when he calls Malaysia an overwhelmingly Muslim country:
    “He says: How come Malaysia — he’s referring to an overwhelmingly Muslim country — how come Malaysia doesn’t have similar problems?”

    According to data from the Pew Forum’s 2014 Religious Diversity Index, Malaysia’s population was 64% Muslim, 18% Buddhist, 9% Christian, 6% Hindu and 3% other. Malaysia ranked as the 18th most religiously diverse country in the world. By comparison, Israel ranked 62nd and Iran ranked 224th.

    http://www.pewforum.org/2014/04/04/religious-diversity-index-scores-by-country/

  • NO LANDS!!! CAVING IN = DEATH.

  • Efram

    I will wager Obama, if he was bothering to listen at all, rolled his eyes the entire time.

  • rachel robinson

    “Palestinian civilians to “evaluate” targeted areas. ” I believe he misread this word, it was probably “evacuate”. I hope it did not diminish the impact of the speech.

  • Dov

    He is a great speaker but also has a great fear of the free world especially President Obama. He caved in at Gaza and instead of ‘taking out the Hamas’ left them for another day and another war.

    • MEL ORTEGA

      I would like to compare Prime Minister B. N. to Nathaniel in JOHN 1:
      47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!”
      PSALM 32: 2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

      His heart reveals a Man of Peace, May his tribe increase!

  • CRG

    Absolutely riddled with truth. Parts of the speech need to be thoughtfully considered and understood. Prejudiced people will take parts out of context and use it against Israel, to no avail, except for those stubborn fools who refuse to consider and see. Intelligent people who seek truth and not lies will pore over this speech and realize that it tells the history and future of Israel and the militant Arab/Muslim world. Israel will thrive and lead the modern world.

  • Allan Fritz

    President Netanyahu gave an excellent speech, Yet the Arab nations were cowards because they boycotted the speech. Israel has triumphed.

    • Cynthia

      I’m grateful for this speech as well. I also noticed that 3/4ths of the body of the United Nations was absent. I also was disgusted by our Ambassador Ms. Power’s and her ugly snobish reaction to his speech. I don’t understand why we have such evil people in places of power. I humbly apologize for this unfortunate pick for Ambassador. American’s generally love Israel and her people. Selah

      • I agree & I noticed the same, but concerning the weak attendance.. it’s nothing new. The ancestral hatred against Israel has & will always be the curse on all which are consumed with hate for her. Their hatred is also their vulnerability, making them blind & foolish in their malevolent pursuits as is the roots of every religion that denies Almighty God as the God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob(Israel). I understand that ANYthing governed of man is not without flaws, notwithstanding, I highly respect B. Netanyahu & believe God is with Him.. chosen for this hour; but even if this were not the case, the favor upon Israel is larger than it’s present people & leaders, God is honoring His Covenant with Abraham, “the Father of Many Nations.” Netanyahu never appears to have rings around his eyes or a countenance any less than one of peace.. & it seems nothing he says in his speeches falls short with things left unsaid, but wise beyond his years & fluent speaking of english without stammer that even America’s own leaders can’t compare; so I say this not in praise of the man, BUT that it is assuredly God through Him. I don’t have the reference at the top of my mind but it’s Old Testament & one of the major prophets who said “Thou shalt no more be called, Forsaken..Desolate.. a land forgotton; but thou shalt be called Beulah, blessed.. never to be uprooted again.”

        I’m not in any way prophesying, but I don’t know why.. but suddenly I just feel like Israel will not divide her land but to the contrary.. either gain more in spite of the Nations who dare threaten her in the future or due to such close alliance from enemies turned friend.. but I expect this “defensive” mode to break & God put Israel on the “offensive” trail as He did David when telling Him to PURSUE & He recovered ALL.

  • The Jewish people are not only a national and political unit. Since their first appearance on the stage of history they have been the personification of a moral will and the bearers of a historic vision which they inherited from the prophets of Israel. It is impossible to understand the history of the Jewish people and their struggle for existence—both when they were a nation rooted in their own soil and more or less controlling their own destiny, and when they were a wandering people, exiled and dispersed—unless we bear in mind the unique idea which their history embodies, and the stubborn opposition, not only physical, political, and military, but also spiritual, moral, and intellectual, which the Jews have always confronted.

    from 1961

  • Ron stark

    Absolutely magnificent!

  • NCS

    Comprehensive and brilliant speech, however, all said, it is most concerning that he said he is “willing to make a historic compromise.” Does that mean that he is willing to agree to give up more land for peace? Historically that has proven to be the wrong move for Israel. Hopefully this was gesturing and rhetoric and will never happen again.

    • Vince V James

      “Judaism is a religion of DEATH”

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      Brother Nathanael

  • Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the United Nations today with the intention of exposing the many lies against Israel spoken by Mahmoud Abbas in his attack against the Jewish state at the United Nations last Friday. He described these lies, which don’t deserve repeating, as the function of diseased minds whose hatred of Jews has no bounds. PM Netanyahu stressed that we are NOT occupiers in our own country, citing history, archaeology, and common sense as his source. He did not mention our biblical and legal entitlements. In our opinion, this was a serious omission. Recognizing that Israel’s withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza created “threats from militant Islamists” , (he never mentioned the hardships endured by the Israelis evacuated from their homes and communities in Gush Katif/Gaza) , he insisted that “rock solid security arrangements” would be required for further “territorial compromises” that would be necessary for “peace.”

    We understand that PM Netanyahu has to walk a fine line in the diplomatic world in order to present the case for Israel; however WE STRONGLY DISAGREE with his willingness to give away more Israeli land and we know, as does any realist, that there are NO SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS THAT COULD GUARANTEE SAFETY FOR ISRAELIS. If he had cited Israel’s biblical entitlement to the land, that might have been the end of the lesson. If he used the Edmond Levy report to demonstrate Israel’s legal entitlement to the land, that might have been a good post script to the lesson. But agreeing that “any peace requires territorial compromise” is a prescription for disaster for Israel. As we enter this new year of 5775 we pray that Israel’s Prime Minister will remember the meaning of the “promised land” given to our ancestors, which centuries of dedicated Jews have sacrificed to ensure. We must continue in that tradition, treasuring the land and its protectors.

    Statement by AFSI

  • “No Jew has the right to give up the right of the Jewish nation to flourish in Eretz Israel”
    (David Ben Gurion-21st Zionist Congress-Basel, Switzerland-1937)
    No Jewish body of people has any such right. Even all the Jews alive today do not have the authority to give up even a single plot of land. That is the right reserved for the Jewish nation throughout the ages, and it cannot be given up under any circumstances. Even if, at some future date, there are Jews who declare that they are giving up this right, they will enjoy neither the strength nor the authority to deny future generations the right to ERETZ ISRAEL. The Jewish nation is neither responsible for, nor subject to any such concessions. Our right to this land, in its entirety, is valid and operative for all time, and until the Final Redemption, we shall not budge from this historic right.”

  • Eric R.

    Bibi,

    Back up your words on the UNHRC.

    Conduct a commando raid in Geneva against those filthy Nazi scum and eliminate them.

    • rachel robinson

      the u.s.a. has nuclear weapons so now is the time to hit Iran. If you stop Iran you stop much of ISIS.
      As we Jews say “If I am not for myself who is, and if I am only for myself what am I and if not now when?”
      This is the perfect moment to hit the biggest terrorist of all.

      • Gail Maizel

        Rachel, If one nation begins to use nuclear weapons anywhere in the middle East the entire area would become unlivable. The Jews don’t want to use these weapons that will make living in our world impossible for 50,000 years. No one can survive the use of these weapons. So, I say let us prevent Iran from making bombs. They don’t care how many of their people die. We care about every Israeli. This would destroy Israel. Netanyahu ,is a very smart man. I know he is trying very hard to stop Iran from blowing up the world. I wish we had a president that we could have such faith in.

  • This was the most excellent speech truthful and heartfelt ,It was also a brave speech particularly
    in theUN that has been totally biased towards Israelover decades.This has been a pity because genuine cases of genocide has also been ignored across the world and consequently these cases have been treated unfairly.This policy of the UN has caused untold misery for genuine
    Genocides that have occurred .Hopefully ,the frank speech by Israel’s Prime Minister will now bring about a lasting peace across the Middle East and the global society.

  • Video of Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg SAYS: President Obama, You Have Some Nerve:.

    Video is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8c795KymA

    Another holocaust is possible. If it happened once it can happen again. Thank G-d we have Israel. We need to do everything possible to keep Israel militarily strong. Jews get out of Europe. There can be no compromise regarding Israel nor can we depend on the good will of others. This unfortunately is a lesson that many Jews have never learned. Never forget, never forgive never again. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg
    MR. PRESIDENT. Why did you not mention Iran in your speech at the U.N.

    ISIS is a diversion. Iran is our major threat. Throughout history horrible atrocities including cutting off heads has been committed. This is not something we have never seen. Remember the NAZIS and never forget.

    We can beat ISIS but America Israel and the free world cannot survive a Nuclear Armed Iran .A Nuclear Holocaust is the ultimate nightmare, the ultimate threat to our survival, Iran is constructing the ultimate killing machine.Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

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