Comment: PM Netanyahu's Speech at the UN General Assembly

PM Netanyahu addressing the UNGA (source: here

On the 1st of October, PM Netanyahu delivered a speech before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), focusing primarily on Iran.
He reminded the Iranian people that once upon a time Persia helped the Jewish People returning to Israel and rebuilding their Holy Temple, by decree (i.e. their revolutionary leaders' fanaticism is undermining what could still be a healthy relationship today). 
The Israeli PM also shared a compelling personal story (that took place in Europe), which in my opinion served two purposes: 1- to remind Am Yisrael that Israel is their eternal home; 2- to tell Europe that none of its efforts to undermine Israel and the Jewish people will succeed (they haven't in the past, they won't in the future). 

But there were some other messages that were particularly worthy of attention: 

"Rohani denounces, quote, 'attempts to change the regional balance through proxies.' Yet, Iran is actively destabilizing Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain and many other Middle Eastern countries."

Comment: the world needs to be constantly reminded that Iran commands Hezbollah, a terrorist group that not only destabilises Lebanon but also every other country where it operates (in African nations, Brazil, EU etc). And Iran, of course, has direct interest in destabilising the Middle East, in its strive to overthrow Sunni regimes.

"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."

Comment: the PM is reminding the US why it should be careful, and suspicious, about this recent rapprochement. The danger is not over; the US could be a target if Iran is not stopped in time. The Iranian behaviour, its constant campaigns of disinformation and deflection support the Israeli leader's warning. 

"Yet Iran faces one big problem, and that problem can be summed up in one word: sanctions. (...) And that policy today is bearing fruit. Thanks to the efforts of many countries, many represented here, and under the leadership of the United States, tough sanctions have taken a big bite off the Iranian economy." 

Comment: PM Netanyahu seemed to contradict himself because he previously said "Iran is developing nuclear weapons" and here he says that sanctions were bearing fruit - bearing fruit would mean that the nuclear weapon programme had actually come to a halt during sanctions, which is not the case. Therefore, if he did not make a mistake then he was trying to subtly convey that not even sanctions will suffice to stop Iran's ambitions (although the ordinary Iranian citizen is feeling the pinch due to these punitive measures). On a side note, I would like to point to an interesting detail: Iran claims that sanctions have taken its toll, however Iran still has the means to pay US$1 million dollars to a Belgian citizen and to an Anti-Zionist Haredi to spy in and on Israel. Money seems to abound in Persia (and perhaps we should ask Brazil how). 

"He definitely wants to get the sanctions lifted (..) But he doesn't want to give up Iranians' nuclear - Iran's nuclear weapons program in return." 

Comment: as per Iranian Foreign Minister's, Javad Zarif, words "Iran is prepared to start negotiating.... We are willing to engage in negotiations. Of course the United States also needs to do certain things very rapidly," and "One [condition] is to dismantle its illegal sanctions against Iran that are targeting ordinary Iranians," - Iran considers the sanctions illegal; meaning that it isn't even ready to acknowledge its responsibilities concerning its dubious nuclear programme. If you click here, you will be able to read what else FM Zarif said about their unwillingness to relinquish the nuclear programme. Besides, no matter how sympathetic President Rohani may sound we must remember that he does not have decision-making power regarding the nuclear programme: the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei does.  

"[Rohani] said in his 2011 book about his time as Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, and I quote: "While we were talking to the Europeans in Tehran, we were installing equipment in Isfahan. (..)"

Comment: Iran is the master of deception; we all know it. What will be interesting to see is how the Political Al Capone will deal with the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

"Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet, in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others."

Comment: this passage complements the words delivered, by the POTUS, a few weeks ago "And our ally, Israel, can defend itself with overwhelming force, as well as the unshakeable support of the United States of America." - PM Netanyahu & President Obama seem to be in synch. Bibi is also reminding the Arab Gulf nations that if Israel is forced to act, it will actually be doing them a huge favour as well. 

"The dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran and the emergence of other threats in our region have led many of our Arab neighbors to recognize, finally recognize, that Israel is not their enemy (...) Israel welcomes engagement with the wider Arab world."

Comment: the future conjuncture will eventually push the Arab nations to enter in some sort of agreement with Israel. Doing so, will benefit all parties. Again, these passage is a complement to Pres. Obama's words, before the UNGA, "(..) ties of trade and commerce between Israelis and Arabs could be an engine of growth and opportunity at a time when too many young people in the region are languishing without work". Such ties are the de facto foundation of peace in the Middle East. 

"We want peace based on security and mutual recognition, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the Jewish state of Israel. I remain committed to achieving an historic reconciliation and building a better future for Israelis and Palestinians alike."

Comment: it's not much to ask, if Palestinians really want peace. PM Netanyahu is under immense pressure, from several groups, to annul the Oslo Accords. These passage shows his willingness to compromise in the name of peace. 

"But so far the Palestinian leaders haven't been prepared to offer the painful concessions they must make in order to end the conflict."

Comment: I understand the Palestinian position, after all PA is rooted in a terrorist organisation (whose members still influence the debate) and Hamas is overpowering the organisation acknowledged, by the Accords, as the sole representative of the Palestinian people. But if PA is not able to control is environment, Israel will have no other choice...

"The people of Israel have come home never to be uprooted again."

"ולא ינתשו עוד, מעל אדמתם אשר נתתי להם"
(עמוס 9:טו)

Comments

  1. As one of the proponents of cancelling the Oslo Accords, I say we cannot trust the Arabs from Palestine but you made a good point about the true peace stemming from the Arabs. It was a good speech better than last year's.

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      I haven't visualised all the consequences of cancelling the Oslo Accords yet, but I will be working on it soon.
      Yes, it was.

      Anonymous, thank you so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  2. Netanyahu didn't talk much about the peace process with the Palestinians, in that it was a bit disappointing. But I enjoyed his attack on Iran, I want peace in the Middle East but I am not sure Iran can channel it, they can't cause of their fanatic religious views!

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    1. Hi Celia :D!

      Disappointing...why? I am curious to know.
      We all want peace in the Middle East, however countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia do not want it as much as we do. They have other plans.

      Celia, thank you so so much for your input, girl :D.

      Cheers

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  3. Most of this post is on things that I don't discuss. The last verse, however, reminds me that both Benjamin Netanyahu and I are from Philadelphia. I am wondering how things would have been different if I had uprooted to Israel instead of California.

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      No problem :).

      PM Netanyahu was born in Tel Aviv, Israel; but +/- a decade later his parents moved to Pennsylvania, yes. Surely you were not uprooted (did a government occupy your house and forced you to exile?)...you moved - either because your parents decided or because you decided, I have no means to know it.
      Now, how would've things been if you had moved to Israel? Only God Knows.

      Looney, thank you ever so much for your input :D. Always a pleasure.

      Cheers

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  4. Damn good speech! Here's a guy who isn't afraid of saying it like it is, ok? Yeah, Iran has lied to our face time and time again and now that sanctions are working (ok, I know what you said Max but they made these guys bend) they come all smiling and stuff thinking we will fall for it...
    As for the peace-talks: make the Oslo agreements null and void! They didn't work, they were a big mistake and it is damn time we admit it. No, we will never be uprooted again and those guys are crazy if they think we will...if the Mufti didn't succeed it is not Abu Mazen who will.

    My favourite Bibi line this year? "They think they can have their yellow case and eat it too" AHHHHahahaha how great is that?!!

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    1. Hi Adam :D!

      Ok.
      It is true that Iran has deceived the West many many times and therefore we are to take heed - still, diplomacy is to be given a chance.
      Like I said to Anonymous, I still haven't visualised all the consequences of annulling the accords...but I will soon. However, you are not alone in making that call.
      I hear you on the Mufti....

      LOL it was my favourite as well. I even twitted about it...I also congratulated the PM for his marvellous speech.

      Adam, thank you so much for your input :D.

      Cheers

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  5. Don't trust the Iranians.

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      No, we won't.

      Thanks for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  6. Lass, nicely done. It is certain that this was Bibi Netanyahu's best UN speech ever, he was extraordinarily inspired. He had a lot of media coverage as well, to the leftists' chagrin. I heard his interview to Piers Morgan was surprisingly fantastic (I don't like that chap, lass).
    I wouldn't trust Iran either but I would most certainly give diplomacy a chance...Britain is re-opening the channels again. In the end if it doesn't work we still have the military option on the table and we will have to go with everything we got, I say.

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    1. Hi Joe :D!

      Why, thank you *bowing*.

      Yes, he was - it was a beautiful thing to watch. LOL to the leftists chagrin he had more coverage than Abbas, yes. I didn't watch that interview, Joe - I am still not all that with CNN at the moment...but I am being kept informed about them.
      I agree on giving diplomacy a chance. So I heard, Mr Hague saying - I really think it is the best thing to be done, if you know what I mean. LOL LOL ah, you belligerent old you... ;)

      Joe, thank you so much for your input :D. You were missed.

      Cheers

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  7. Are you sure he didn't contradict himself? Cause that's what politicians do and nobody bothers to ask. Mazel tov for his speech but as usual I come to comment your thought of the week.
    Brazil is a problem: the widespread corruption made it a fertile soil for organised crime and now terrorists, in the tri-border area. Brazil as one of the most influential countries in Latin America should do more to tackle the terror activities and even the organised crime, whose activities overlap the terrorist ones, as we all know. Dilma Rousseff is using PRISM and OLYMPIA as an excuse. It's mostly for domestic consumption, Max, while deflecting international attentions from the tri-border problem. We do well to put pressure on her.
    Great thought of the week, Max.

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    1. Hi Carl :D!

      No, he didn't - not in this case, at least.

      You are so right about the Tri-border. Again, you are correct: President Dilma's fuss is mainly for domestic consumption. I actually had this conversation with one of my fellow-bloggers a few weeks ago and we would totally agree with you.

      Thanks, Carl. And thanks for your most appreciated comment :D.

      Cheers

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  8. One of his best speeches, I loved it! Of course we will never be uprooted again לעולם לא עוד! The Palestinians know they are not willing to make peace and look at what they are doing: they murdered two IDF soldiers, they attacked a 9 year old child last Saturday and today we hear they attacked a couple in the Jordan Valley...is this peace?
    Iran cancelled the annual Anti-Zionism Conference; what are we suppose to think of it? I don't know yet but it is a change. God help us all!

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      It is. Amein!
      You are not the only one asking that question, Ana. And what about the smuggling tunnel the IDF found (from Gaza into civilian communities in Israel)? Those guys mean business and they won't accept Israel...ever.
      We are supposed to think that they want something...like preventing Israel from making an off the records alliance with Gulf Nations to destroy or attack Iran.

      Ana, thank you so much for your comment :D. Always a pleasure indeed.

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  9. The problem which I feel exists in today's world is that although most of the countries has done away with kings and the monarchy system and entered into the democratic systems, but somewhere in almost all over the world the folks who get elected by the people once again start behaving like kings forgetting the well being of the people and the very fact that they have been elected by the public and once major evidence of the fact that they behave like VIPs and wouldn't mind stopping the total transport system, when they pass a street flashing their red beacons. And the other irony is that under the garb of democracy and constitutional rights they will defend it blatantly even they very well know that a policy will be harmful to the ordinary public, just to their individual interests. Until the feudal mindset goes and the public gets it say in major policy matters that will be affecting them we can only repent on and on. The veil of secrecy in the name of National Interest is perhaps the biggest bane this world has seen over the last millenia. When your mind is pure and true, you don't need to hide anything from anyone and I mean anyone starting with the big A.

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    1. Hey K :D!

      LOL indeed: kings/monarchies were deposed only to be replaced by aristocrat-wannabes.

      "they behave like VIPs and wouldn't mind stopping the total transport system, when they pass a street flashing their red beacons."

      Whoa, someone is upset with politicians lol. I must say, though, that stopping the transport system is a matter of security. You can't expect leaders to stop at the red light and incur the risk of having someone placing a bomb under their car or trying to shoot them, can you?

      "When your mind is pure and true, you don't need to hide anything from anyone and I mean anyone starting with the big A."

      I beg to differ. Even if your mind and heart are in the right place; there needs to be some level of secrecy - the electorate does not need to know everything and neither do a nation's opponents. It's pure strategy.
      Do politicians have to bear in mind the welfare of the people? Yes, they do. Do they often forget the people in their decisions? Some do, some do not although their tough decisions may look like they do.
      But your comment does bear some positive criticism that all politicians should bear in mind.

      K, thank you so so much for your comment :D. Always a pleasure, my friend.

      Cheers


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  10. I applaud your thought of the week. Brazil wants to be iin the big league but wants to keep the status quo, no can't do. But like Kalyan previously said politicians often put self-interests in front of real business. for example, the UK announced it won't reform the visas of tourists coming from Brazil, who rank the 5th place of illegal immigrants and Britain, because they think it will hurt business with an emerging country...ok, alright, but what about the Brazilian citizens who serve as carriers of intelligence? And what about Brazil harbouring terrorists who naturalize themselves as Brazilians to be able to travel to America and Europe? Dilma has no right to bitch, sorry, if we are to let her and her country in she has got to give us something!

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    1. Hey Joseph :D!

      Thank you *bowing*. True: if they want to come to the first league they must play by our rules (for if they think that by aligning themselves with Russia and China will take them anywhere; perhaps they should think it through).
      Good question, Joseph.

      Joseph, thank you for your superb comment on my thought of the week :D.

      Cheers

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