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September 22, 2016 2:01 pm

Netanyahu Tells UN: You Began as a ‘Moral Force’ and Have Become a ‘Moral Farce’

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Photo: Screenshot.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the UN General Assembly on Thursday. Photo: Screenshot.

The United Nations “began as a moral force and has become a moral farce,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quipped on Thursday in his annual address to the UN General Assembly in New York City.

Nevertheless, Netanyahu predicted, “Israel has a bright future at the UN.”

“Back home, your governments are rapidly changing their attitudes toward Israel,” the prime minister said. “Everything will change, and a lot sooner than you think.”

More and more countries — including in Asia, Africa and Latin America — are seeing Israel as a potential partner in “fighting the terrorism of today and developing the technology of tomorrow.”

But the biggest shift, Netanyahu stated, was taking place in the Arab world, where many nations were coming to realize that Israel is an ally, not an enemy.

“Our common enemies are Iran and ISIS,” he said. “Our common goals are security, prosperity and peace.”

Looking to the future, Netanyahu said, “I believe the day is not far off that Israel will be able to count on many countries to stand with us at the UN. The days when UN ambassadors reflexively condemn Israel, those days are coming to an end.”

Referring to rumors of a potential UN Security Council resolution on peace with the Palestinians being advanced in the coming months, Netanyahu declared, “We will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel. The road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not through New York.”

Netanyahu characterized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ threat to sue the United Kingdom over the 1917 Balfour Declaration — issued during Abbas’s General Assembly speech earlier on Thursday — as “absurd” and called out the PA for its incitement of terrorism.

“How can we expect young Palestinians to support peace when their leaders poison their minds?,” Netanyahu asked. “President Abbas, you have two choices: you can continue to spread hate as you did today, or you can work with me.”

The prime minister went on to invite Abbas “to come and speak at the Knesset in Jerusalem and I will gladly come to speak at the parliament in Ramallah.”

Netanyahu also reiterated his vow that Israel would not let Iran develop nuclear weapons — “not now, not in a decade, not ever.”

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  • Dove

    As a Christian, unfortunately Mr. Netanyahu, this is not going to be the case. In reality ALL will come against her but the glory of it is that God will fight her war.

  • phxflyguy

    The United States still gives Israel $10.2 million each and every day. You can’t claim that Obama doesn’t support Israel when my tax dollars go to support them. We have millions of homeless people in the U.S. who could use that money. Not only would it help our economy, they’d actually be grateful for it.

    • You’re an idiot! you have no clue how that investment benefits the United States 100 fold! In fact,you wouldn’t be able to type your stupid comment if not for Israel as they invented both computer CPU’s and the cellphone.

  • Fred

    Obama is the Muslim Brotherhoods friend and a willing follower of their policies..

  • aswitzer

    Once again Netanyahu calls a spade a spade, an antisemite an antisemite, a terrorist a terrorist and the UN, the farce that it is.

  • Ron Lindsey

    Can we get Bibi for US Senate after Israel gets thru with him?

  • Patricia Brenner


  • The U.N. cannot create states, it can only recommend and so can other nations can only recommend and not create a state that never existed before in history.
    If they want an Arab-Palestinian state, it already exists, it is Jordan which has taken 80% of Jewish allocated land.
    In 1947, the UN Gen. Assembly passed Resolution 181 recommending the partition of Palestine. This did not create the State of Israel. The General Assembly does not create countries, make laws, or alter the Mandates (Mandates were a big brother system for setting up independent countries to be led by its native populations, with historic national connections to the territories). The Partition plan, was merely a recommendation.
    The resolution also violated Article 5 of the Mandate for Palestine and therefore it also violated Article 80 of the UN Charter. It was therefore an illegal resolution.
    What we call the State of Israel, along with her “legal” borders, was established in April 1920 with the San Reno Resolution of 1920 confirmed by the 1920 Treaty of Sevres and Lausanne, which terms are in affect in perpetuity. It was also Mandated by the 1919 Faisal Weizmann Agreement.
    Only Israel can amend the terms if they sign a treaty with its Arab neighbors. The Land of Israel – Palestine was created for the first time in history as a country. It was created as the reconstitution of the Jewish National Home. The Partition Plan in 1947 was the result of a 1/4 century of illegal British policy (The English were a trustee for the Jewish people, but they violated that trust. the British wanted to control the Oil in the Middle East, for that they betrayed the Jewish people) that ripped internationally protected Jewish rights from the Jewish People, as the British allowed hundreds of thousands of Arabs to pour across the border from Syria and Egypt into Palestine.
    The Jewish State’s reconstitution was a fact 25 years before the UN existed. The Mandate was there to protect its survival, and it was terminated, not because the terms were completed, but because the British fled with their tails between their legs, and there was no one there to administer the Mandate. But the terms of the San Remo Treaty have not been abrogated, it is applicable today and the future, only Israel has the right to modify the terms via a treaty with the Arabs.
    Does anyone think that after the Ottoman Empire surrendered and relinquished its rights title and ownership to Palestine and other territories to the Allied powers after WWI and the Allied powers set up and established 21 Arab States on over 12 million sq. km. of territory and one Jewish State in Palestine aka The Land of Israel on about 120,000 sq. km which the British illegally reduced. The 21 Arab State do not want to relinquish or redraw its boundaries and Israel does not want to concede any of its original boundaries set up in 1920 by international Treaties, which included the Palestine Mandate. Non of the Palestinian Mandate was allocated to the Arabs in the 1920 San Remo Treaty.
    The U.N. and the other countries must take into account and address the expulsion of over a million Jewish families and their children from the Arab countries (who lived in those Arab countries over 2500 years) and the confiscation of personal assets, homes, businesses Real estate property owned by Jewish people in the Arab countries, totaling about 120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles (6 times the size of Israel) valued in the trillions of dollars.

    The Jewish people resettled the million Jewish families refugees and their children from the Arab countries with limited resources. Over half the population in Israel today is Jewish families from Arab countries. It is about time the Arab countries who expelled the million Jewish families and confiscated their land and assets, must stop the delusion that Israel will go away. The Arab states should be obliged to settle the Arab-Palestinian refugees in their countries and or Jordan once and for all without compromising Israel and bring about peace and tranquility to the region.
    Neither the U.N. nor any Country in the world has the authority to create a state or dissolve a state, (check the U.N. charter and international law.)

    YJ Draiman

  • Alana Ronald

    An excellent speech: spot on.

  • PM Netanyahu was correct that the UN became a moral farce. It’s more likely that PM Netanyahu and Mr. Abbas will eventually meet at the Kremlin. As for the Arab-Israeli conflict, it will persist until Arabs recognize Israel’s right to exist.

  • watsa46

    Of mice and men, who are the real mice?
    Why this obsessive obsession from the Int. community to try imposing on IL and IL, ALONE, to compromise? It is a mental disease whose name is spelt: A N T I S M I T I S M!

    • Susan Rosenberg

      Agree with U!!! I don’t understand why Israel try to explain everything to other nations??? They not going to have a big love toward Israel anyway

  • carpe diem 36

    Bravo! So right.

  • johan eary

    Like lady Mormont, Bibi speaks harshly but true. However, unlike Lord Glover, Lord Ban will not have the moral fortitude to admit his wrongs and will not repent.

    • nothing against bibi but lady mormont is both cuter and more terrifying! Get her to rep Is at the UN and every Arab nation would admit on the right of the Jewish state to exist in minutes!

  • atilla41

    Israel should withdraw from that cabal of corrupt third world filth.

    Its membership serves NO useful purpose.

  • Patricia Cheron

    Hebrews have destiny in their own hands. New York speaks for New York. If they choose to make their arrogant, dismissive, and derisive proclamations they will find footprints on their backs.

  • scottrose

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for Obama to tell Abbas that he should take up Netanyahu’s invitation to speak to the Knesset, and for Netanyahu to speak in Ramallah. To clarify; don’t hold your breath expecting Obama, Kerry or Clinton to acknowledge that Netanyahu made that proposal. I’d like to be proven wrong, by the way.

    • Efram Paul

      We all would. Dream on.

    • carpe diem 36

      Abbass is the enemy of the poor Palestinians. He stands in their way to having a good life, good education and a good economy.

      • Susan Rosenberg

        Palestinian had a choice they voted for him

        • jadegreen_eyz

          Susan, according to a Palestinian journalist, 65% of Palestinians want the resignation of Abbas whose term ended on Jan. 10, 2009. And what makes you think that voter fraud did not occur? He has ruled with an iron fist suppressing (via murder, etc.) opposition by the Palestinians.

    • Alana Ronald

      I don’t think anyone’s holding their breath for Obama: lost cause.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    Israel must also do its part in not giving others a reason to criticize it. Inappropriate behavior by the PA is not an excuse for inappropriate behavior by Israel.

    • carpe diem 36

      I want an example of “inappropriate ” behavior.

    • Howard

      See above.

    • Howard

      Right. Just because Hamas sends 300-plus rockets and missiles into Israeli civilian areas, unprovoked, as targets and refuses repeated calls to stop is no reason Israel should initiate a counterstrike to take out the bombing sites.

      Just because Palestinians turn down repeated offers for a two-state solution and engage in systematic stabbing, bombs, shootings and running over of Israeli parents and children is no reason for those silly border controls.

      Yep: Everything’s neatly equivocated. Israel should take great care not to come across as “inappropriate” to those trying to annihilate it.

    • Michael Garfinkel

      Has any reasonable observer made such a claim?

      I don’t think so.

      Nor does the evidence suggest that such standard exists.

    • robmilli

      Rob Milli,Amen scottrose,your right about your comments! If our leaders had a back bone they’d stand by Netanyahu on Iran’s not to let them have nuclear weapons,

    • garybkatz

      Israel does not have to be the only perfect country in history. Besides, Israel haters will criticize no matter how Israel behaves. That’s their obsession.

    • logdon

      You mean shooting someone whose just stabbed a border guard and is intent on killing others.

      Don’t be so ludicrous.

    • jobacon

      What inappropriate behaviour by Israel are you referring to? Protecting its citizens against random knifings and attacks in vehicles? Let me remind you that the government of Israel was democratically elected, while the governments in Ramallah and Gaza are effective dictatorships.

    • Michael

      You’re right. Israel must stop apologizing for itself.

    • Howard

      Yes, when Israelis get bombed, stabbed, run over and shot, they should not use that an excuse for doing something so inappropriate as trying to stop it.

    • Howard

      Yes, Israel not wanting annihilation is so inappropriate.

    • arthur sherman (avraham shir-e

      it has been proven to be impossible for israel to refrain from activities which draw criticism. anything we do we get criticism even if its completely acceptable behavior on the part of others.