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‘Israel Will Stand Alone’: Netanyahu’s UN Speech Highlights Danger of U.S. Getting Duped by Iran

Leading from the front: "The world may have forgotten this lesson" of the last century. "The Jewish people have not. Iran's fanaticism is not bluster. It's real."

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Bridget Johnson

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October 1, 2013 - 4:15 pm
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If there was any question about America’s current leadership role in the world, it was answered at the United Nations today when Israel laid bare the very real possibility of standing alone against — and protecting the world from — Iran’s nuclear weapons development.

“I want there to be no confusion on this point. Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone — that in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others.”

His speech to close the General Assembly was aimed not as much at calling out the Iranian regime on its sins and deception, but calling out a White House eager to whitewash its new leader in order to avoid confrontation over its nuclear program.

It came a day after Netanayhu and President Obama sat down at the White House behind closed doors, and five days after Obama called Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and declared a bold new era of rapprochement.

Netanyahu detailed the historical amity between the Persians and the Jewish people that was dealt a vicious blow by the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

“As it was busy crushing the Iranian people’s hope for democracy, it also led wild chants of ‘Death to the Jews.’ Now, since that time, presidents of Iran have come and gone. Some presidents were considered moderates, others hardliners, but they’ve all served that same unforgiving creed, that same unforgiving regime, that creed that is espoused and enforced by the real power in Iran, the dictator known as the supreme leader, first Ayatollah Khomeini and now Ayatollah Khamenei,” he said.

“President Rouhani, like the presidents who came before him, is a loyal servant of the regime. He was one of only six candidates the regime permitted to run for office. Nearly 700 other candidates were rejected.”

What made Rouhani “acceptable” to the ayatollah, Netanyahu noted, was his tenure heading Iran’s Supreme National Security Council from 1989 through 2003 — a time period in which attacks included the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires and the deaths of 19 American soldiers in the bombing at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia.

“Are we to believe that Rouhani, the national security advisor of Iran at the time, knew nothing about these attacks? Of course he did,” the prime minister said. “Just as 30 years ago, Iran’s security chiefs knew about the bombings in Beirut that killed 241 American Marines and 58 French paratroopers. Rouhani was also Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator between 2003 and 2005. He masterminded the strategy which enabled Iran to advance its nuclear weapons program behind a smokescreen of diplomatic engagement and very soothing rhetoric.”

The main difference between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who regularly made outrageous remarks on his UN trips, and Rouhani, who worked media and politicians into an affectionate frenzy with his charm offensive last week, is “Ahmadinejad was a wolf in wolf’s clothing; Rouhani is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Netanyahu laid out the “brazen contrast” between Rouhani’s words and Iran’s action by noting its denouncement of terrorism while participating in and propping up terrorism, and its calls for “constructive engagement” while, just three weeks ago, an Iranian agent was arrested trying to collect information for possible attacks against the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv.

“The facts are that Iran’s savage record flatly contradicts Rouhani’s soothing rhetoric,” he added. “…Why would a country that claims to only want peaceful nuclear energy, why would such a country build hidden underground enrichment facilities? Why would a country with vast natural energy reserves invest billions in developing nuclear energy? Why would a country intent on merely civilian nuclear programs continue to defy multiple Security Council resolutions and incur the tremendous cost of crippling sanctions on its economy? And why would a country with a peaceful nuclear program develop intercontinental ballistic missiles whose sole purpose is to deliver nuclear warheads?”

“You don’t build ICBMs to carry TNT thousands of miles away. You build them for one purpose: to carry nuclear warheads. And Iran is building now ICBMs that the United States says could reach this city in three or four years… Iran is not building a peaceful nuclear program. Iran is developing nuclear weapons.”

Since Rouhani’s recent election, as the world excitedly jabbered about a more moderate regime, Netanyahu noted that the “vast and feverish effort” to enrich uranium and add centrifuges “has continued unabated.”

“Last year when I spoke here at the U.N., I drew a red line. Now, Iran has been very careful not to cross that line, but Iran is positioning itself to race across that line in the future at a time of its choosing. Iran wants to be in a position to rush forward to build nuclear bombs before the international community can detect it and much less prevent it,” he said.

Sanctions have had a desirable effect on the regime, Netanyahu continued, but need to stay in place or be stepped up along with keeping a credible threat of military force on the table.

“The regime is under intense pressure from the Iranian people to get the sanctions relieved or removed. That’s why Rouhani got elected in the first place. That’s why he launched his charm offensive. He definitely wants to get the sanctions lifted; I guarantee you that. But he doesn’t want to give up Iran’s nuclear weapons program in return,” he said. “Now, here’s a strategy to achieve this. First, smile a lot. Smiling never hurts. Second, pay lip service to peace, democracy and tolerance. Third, offer meaningless concessions in exchange for lifting sanctions. And, fourth — and the most important — ensure that Iran retains sufficient nuclear material and sufficient nuclear infrastructure to race to the bomb at a time that it chooses to do so.”

As the negotiator who bragged about pressing forward with a nuclear program while talking with Europe about disarmament, Rouhani “fooled the world once. Now he thinks he can fool it again. You see, Rouhani thinks he can have his yellowcake and eat it, too.”

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I second your sentiments. Johnson is a brilliant writer who never takes her eye off the real stories. A PJM asset for sure.
47 weeks ago
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Carney didn't listen. Neither did Obama.

The world is a moral toilet. The U.N. nothing but a pleasure palace for
tin- pot dictators who want to go whoring and bloat their bellies in New York far away from the prying eyes of their wives and totalitarian societies.

Netanyahu blustering at the U.N. is no substitute for military action.

I voted for him but will never do so again. The release of terrorists crossed my, " red line ".

The world " community " is nothing but a raging pack of barely human, dim witted, barbarians that respect only one thing- Strength.

Time for him to shut up, stop begging , and turn Teheran into a parking lot.

47 weeks ago
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The contrast between Netanyahu and Zero couldn't be clearer. Israel has a leader who clearly understands what motivates Iran. Zero? I doubt he much cares about Israel - and Netanyahu recognizes that - and more. He sees Obama for what he is - at the very least as a sympathizer of muslim beliefs and quite possibly a closet muslim.

Trying to paste together the reasoning of this administration of what it does and casting any other light on it's actions other than as muslim sympathizers makes no sense. While I doubt that Kerry and other major players in foreign policy are muslim I have serious doubts that Obama is a mere sympathizer.

We have been duped - and Israel will pay a price for being Jewish before Obama's term in office is up.

All Obama has to do is give Iran the time they need to finish their devilish work. Don't look for anything to come of the 'talks' between Iran and the US - it isn't in the plan.

I too stand with Israel.




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I assign credibility to http://twitter.com/MidnightWatcher & http://www.facingislam.blogspot.com

I assign none to those who trumpet the latest from Teheran.
47 weeks ago
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While reading Bibi's words I could not help but wish we had such a leader....clear in purpose, resolute, determined....everything our man-child is not, except when dealing with his political "enemies" aka:working American people and veterans. If we abandon Israel in her hour of need, I hope we ALL rise up and affect "real change" in DC....even if we have to use pitchforks.

Remember BENGHAZI!
47 weeks ago
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Excellent speech! Netanyahu demanded the total dismantlement of the Iranian nuclear program or else …

Netanyahu: Ahmadinjead was a wolf in wolf's clothing, Rohani is a wolf in sheep's clothing, who thinks he can pull wool over the international community's eyes.

He could have added that Obama was a sheep in sheep’s clothing.
47 weeks ago
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Obama, like Putin, is better at making enemies rather than friends.
47 weeks ago
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"Standing" with Israel does nothing for Israel, to the contrary, it places great restraints on Israel just as it always has. The Jewish state standing alone will be a far more formidable force in dealing with it's poisonous neighbors, which taunt it with the certainty that there are always "adults" around to ensure retaliation is measured in spoonfuls. I suspect Netanyahu knows this very well and so the prospect of abandonment carries no fear for him. This is a far better strategy than depending on allies like America, even preceding Obama's malevolent leadership. It also eliminates his own suicidal Israel peace lobby from relevance.

Israel's enemies do not, in spite of all rhetoric, fear her, they despise here. Let them fear her as they should.
47 weeks ago
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Obama is a spineless "coward" as spoken by his partner in crime E. Holder. Wish Netanyahu could run for president in the USA. He thinks and speaks like a grown up.
47 weeks ago
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Netanyahu recently released murderers/terrorists from jail to earn some goodwill from someone, somewhere, about something. I will no longer support Israel until it fights its enemies like the outcome is important, not like they are picking a dessert. They have nukes on missiles. They need to use them. I don't care about their pledge of no first use. Politicians break promises every day. Is Israel's survival at stake or not? They could replace the nuke warheads with concrete warheads. Do you have any idea how much damage is done by 1000 pounds of concrete moving at 15,000 mph?

Somebody somewhere need to nuke Iran while it will still do some good.
47 weeks ago
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OBAMA'S SICK, PATHETIC LOVE AFFAIR WITH IRAN
We all know that in 2009 Obama screwed the Greens in Iran by not supporting their hope for ousting the Iranian thugocracy. There was a real possibility of regime change, but Obama didn't even try to help. Why? Why didn't Obama stand with the peace-loving people in Iran? The answer is simple. It's because Obama cares more about Obama than he does about democracy, freedom or the United States. What Obama wanted then -- and what he wants now -- is a deal with Iran. It doesn't have to be a good deal. It doesn't have to be a fair deal. It doesn't even have to help US. It just has to make our Nobel Peace Prize winner look like he actually deserved the prize. You see, all Obama is concerned about is his precious legacy. He thinks Iran is his key to being Nixon in China. What's good for Obama is, in a nutshell, his foreign and domestic policy. God save us from this blithering, dithering idiot.
47 weeks ago
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Amen
47 weeks ago
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Carney didn't listen. Neither did Obama.

The world is a moral toilet. The U.N. nothing but a pleasure palace for
tin- pot dictators who want to go whoring and bloat their bellies in New York far away from the prying eyes of their wives and totalitarian societies.

Netanyahu blustering at the U.N. is no substitute for military action.

I voted for him but will never do so again. The release of terrorists crossed my, " red line ".

The world " community " is nothing but a raging pack of barely human, dim witted, barbarians that respect only one thing- Strength.

Time for him to shut up, stop begging , and turn Teheran into a parking lot.

47 weeks ago
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Menachem - I have only been to Israel twice, and I am not a Jew, but I have great affection for the state and immense respect for Prime Minister Netanyahu. I believe Bibi is wise enough to recognize he must first have some provocation from the Persian regime prior to annihilating them, much like Prime Minister Meir recognized in 1973 that Israel will get crucified by the anti-capitalist/antisemitic world media by acting first. I am a retired U.S. Army soldier with multiple combat deployments (and I'm getting older!), but should Israel become embroiled in a prolonged Middle East war, I intend to volunteer for the IDF and fight on the side of God....please cut Bibi some slack, I believe he's an honorable man doing what he feels is best for Israel.

Remember BENGHAZI!
47 weeks ago
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BD, World opinion is meaningless. Here is a good example why-

http://www.jpost.com/Iranian-Threat/News/Iran-gets-senior-seat-on-UN-nuclear-disarmament-committee-327722

The article speaks for itself about the U.N.

Your personal sentiments regarding Israel are much appreciated as is your willingness to help.

If you want to follow through here is the best way to do so-

http://www.vfi-usa.org/

Blessings from Jerusalem for you and your loved ones.

MBY

47 weeks ago
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Iran isn't really using a "charm offensive" so much on the US as the rest of the Western world. They don't need to bother with us, Obama has demonstrated his spinelessness in letting his big stupid mouth write checks his scrawny, wimpy ass couldn't cash on Syria, and also by giving Rouhani a personal phone call without any concessions first.

He's weak, he's afraid, and they know it.
47 weeks ago
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Yaaarp
47 weeks ago
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Iran are literally itching to pull the trigger and Mr. Netanyahu is well aware of that. To Iran and Islam in general ... Obama is a friend (not weak).
This is the warning that I've been waiting for, from Mr. Netanyahu ... and he's declared with precision and clarity, Iran's objectives; now there are no more "excuses". The ball is in Iran's court now, and even Menendez knows that. I'm encouraged by Menendez"s reaffirmation of standing with Israel against Iran ... as would the majority of congress.
Can Iran wait until they have nuke - sending capability via rockets or will it try some other method in it's haste. Islam is infuriated and impatient to destroy everything good in the world ...
Let's pray for out POTUS .... ...
47 weeks ago
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I love you Jimmy, but our American Ayatollah in the White Mosque is both weak as water AND a friend to Allah's A$$hole Terrorists...Dear Leader is only tough with people he knows are weaker than himself; that's how COWARDS operate.
47 weeks ago
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Netanyahu's clarity is so absolutely refreshing. I guess that happens when you face mortal danger. Obama, on the other hand, is hell-bent to 1) prove the liberal point that any situation can be talked through, and 2) continue to be overly deferential to Islam.

As we know, liberal politicians rarely pay the price of their misguided theories - but others do. If Obama is lucky, Bibi will once again do the dirty work that actually saves lives and results in a larger peace in the long run. But if he can't save Barry's arse by succeeding, many others will pay a heavy, heavy price for Obama's foolish, arrogant and delusional judgment.
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