In his speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chided the world body for its Israel-bashing and its silence about Iran’s constant threats to destroy Israel.
To emphasize his point, he stopped talking for 40 seconds, resulting in an uncomfortable silence:
Netanyahu said the nuclear deal “will not turn the rapacious tiger into a kitten.” He added: “You must have learned … when bad behavior is rewarded, it only gets worse.”
That line drew a smattering of applause from the General Assembly — but not from the U.S. delegation, which sat stone-faced:
Below, some more passages from the speech:
“The greatest danger facing our world is the coupling of militant Islam with nuclear weapons,” he said. The deal with Iran could be “the marriage certificate of this unholy union,” he added.
“Perhaps you’d be more reluctant to celebrate,” if the deal threatened your neighborhood, Netanyahu said, adding that Iran’s intercontinental ballistic missiles being built were meant for the U.S. and Europe. “For raining down mass destruction, anytime, anywhere.”
No one should doubt Israel’s determination to defend itself against those who threaten it with destruction, he warned.
“Your plan to destroy Israel will fail,” he said, addressing the rulers of Iran. No force on earth will threaten Israel’s future. We will do whatever it takes to defend our state and our people, he added.
“Here’s a novel idea. Instead of continuing the shameful routine of bashing Israel, stand with Israel. Israel stands with you.”
UN-imposed solutions or encouragement of Palestinian rejectionism will not bring peace, he said. “The UN should finally rid itself of the obsessive bashing of Israel.”
He called on the UN to stand with Israel in the fight against fanaticism, saying that Israel was at the frontlines in the fight against barbarism. “Israel is defending you.”