Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stares down the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. Photo: YouTube screenshot.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a dramatic pause during his speech before the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, as he railed against world nations for remaining silent on the threat Iran poses to Israel.
Netanyahu accused the U.N. of “utter silence, deafening silence,” in face of Iran’s repeated threats to Israel over the years. He also berated the nations for supporting the nuclear deal.
Calling on the world to stand up to Iran, he said he refuses to be silent, making the point with a 45-second – silent – pause, and a harsh glare.
He scanned the room with a steely stare, before continuing. “Perhaps you can now understand why Israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal,” he said. “If Iran’s rulers were working to destroy your countries, perhaps you would be less enthusiastic about the deal,” he added. “If Iran’s terror proxies were firing thousands of rockets at your cities, perhaps you’d be more measured in your praise. And if this deal were releasing a nuclear arms race in your neighborhood, perhaps you’d be more reluctant to celebrate.”
Netanyahu acknowledged it is not easy to oppose something “embraced by the greatest powers in the world,” saying, “Believe me, it would be far easier to remain silent.” But, he added, “Throughout our history, the Jewish people have learned the heavy price of silence.”
The Israeli prime minister also pointed out the danger the nuclear deal poses to world peace. “Unleashed and unmuzzled, Iran will go on the prowl, devouring more and more prey,” he said. “In the wake of the nuclear deal, Iran is spending billions of dollars on weapons and satellites. Do you think Iran is doing that to advance peace?”
During his speech, Netanyahu also reiterated Israel’s commitment to peace with the Palestinians, and said he would be willing resume peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
Netanyahu’s words were spoken one day after P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas told the General Assembly that his government is “no longer bound” by its agreements with Israel, specifically the 1993 Oslo peace accord.
Watch Netanyahu’s dramatic pause in the video below:
Source:: The Algemeiner