Supporters of the Israeli prime minister watched the speech from the wings of the United Nations General Assembly hall, bursting into applause when Netanyahu condemned the deal and vowed to ensure Iran didn’t obtain a nuclear weapon.
Hamas, which rules Gaza, called on Abbas to end all agreements with Israel, but a deep divide has thwarted political reconciliation between the two territories, each led by its respective group.
Is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not up-to-date on Ayatollah Khamenei’s anti-Israel writings? Once the sanctions are lifted, “an unleashed and un muzzled Iran will go on the prowl, devouring more and more prey”, he added.
Offering more concrete suggestions about how to deal with Iran, Netanyahu urged the world to remain vigilant against future Iranian aggression and efforts to wiggle out of nuclear safeguards.
Netanyahu also said that Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount and protecting freedom of religion.
As he has in speeches to the General Assembly over the past three years, Netanyahu devoted the lion’s share to Iran, this year denouncing the worldwide 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.
Abbas called on the U.N.to provide worldwide protection for the Palestinians on Wednesday saying that Israel has repeatedly violated its commitments, including by expanding settlements.
If Irans rulers were working to destroy your countries, perhaps youd be less enthusiastic about the deal. And the response from this body – the response from almost every one of the governments represented here – has been absolutely nothing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stares down while holding his notes and pausing for 45 seconds as he addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York on October 1, 2015.
He slammed the UN’s “deafening silence” in the face of Iran’s threats to wipe out Israel.
Netanyahu also warned, “When bad behavior is rewarded, it only gets worse”. Since Obama is the biggest proponent of giving Iran the tools to carry out its threat of annihilating Israel, it isn’t likely that Obama was interested in being scolded over what Israel feels is his complicit part in Iran’s plans.