In an impassioned speech interspersed with bouts of dramatic silence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday condemned the Iran nuclear deal as empowering Tehran to spread unrest in the Mideast while leaving the country capable of making an atomic bomb.
As he has in speeches to the General Assembly over the past three years, Mr. Netanyahu devoted the lion’s share to Iran, this year denouncing the global deal on its nuclear programme, warning that it would the Islamic Republic would use the hundreds of billions of frozen dollars unlocked by the accord to further terrorism around the world.
A day after the leader of the Palestinian Authority announced that Palestinians were stepping away from the Oslo Accords, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu asked for peace talks to resume.
“So here’s my message to the rulers of Iran: Your plan to destroy Israel will fail”.
“Any path going forward requires one thing: You have to fight terror”, Netanyahu said, reiterating his complaints about Palestinian incitement and praise for violence.
On Wednesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stood at the same podium and accused Israel of scuttling peace prospects through settlement growth and other policies.
His remarks come with Netanyahu scheduled to speak with Obama at the White House in November – their first meeting after a deep row about the Iranian nuclear deal.
He blames the Palestinians for “rejectionism” and failure of peace process. “I think it was a way of Netanyahu pivoting to say…”
Netanyahu spent the beginning and end of the speech criticizing the United Nations for its criticisms of Israel.
As if anticipating Netanyahu’s direst warnings, Rouhani welcomed the nuclear deal as an entree into the worldwide community while continuing Iran’s tradition of lobbing anti-Israel rhetorical bombs at the United Nations. “Worse, I heard senior officials from his Fatah movement say “This is the way to go”. “I view this week as a major opportunity for any number of countries to play an important role in trying to resolve a few of the very hard issues of the Middle East. We need to achieve peace and a way forward in Syria, in Yemen, in the region itself”. The move was made to emphasize his point on United Nations inaction against detractors of Israel after WWII.
The worsening security situation in Jerusalem and on the West Bank has led to a few warnings of a new Intifada, or uprising, similar those that raged in the Palestinian territories between 1987 to 1993 and 2000 to 2005. Netanyahu’s has been and remains the lone voice among his counterparts denouncing the deal, which is already a done deal.