Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Netanyahu's speech at the UN

PM Netanyahu's speech at the UN did two good things, he told the truth about the conflict with Hamas and he spoke truth to power about IS and Iran.  Most of the Arab and Muslim delegations walked out as usual because the Israeli PM was speaking, and if this doesn't show the state of the world we live in, what does.  They do this reflexively, as an Israeli Jew he has no right to be heard by them.  By contrast, Pres. Abbas of "Palestine" who spoke lies and vilified Israel received a standing ovation.  Such is the state of the UN and the world.
Here is a full transcript of Bibi's speech: http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/09/29/full-transcript-prime-minister-netanyahu%E2%80%99s-speech-at-the-united-nations-general-assembly-2014/   and here are some important excerpts:

"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."
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.
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."

To give appropriate background to Netanyahu's speech, I refer readers to the interview with Jonathan Spyer, my favorite expert on the region of Syria-Iraq, recently carried out by Voice of Israel (see


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