Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the UN during his General Assembly speech yesterday, mentioning the anti-Israel resolutions that were adopted over the past year. “Is there no limit to the UN’s absurdities when it comes to Israel?” he asked. At the end of his address, Netanyahu wished the Jewish people around the world a happy and healthy new year.
Watch: Netanyahu addresses the UN General Assembly
During his speech addressing the UN General Assembly Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he hopes to reach Antarctica one day because he heard that “penguins are also enthusiastic supporters of Israel.”
“You laugh, but penguins have no difficulty recognizing that some things are black and white, are right and wrong,” he explained. “Unfortunately, when it comes to UN decisions about Israel, that simple recognition is too often absent. It was absent last December when the Security Council passed an anti-Israel resolution that set back the cause of peace. It was absent last May, when the World Health Organization adopted – you have to listen to this: the World Health Organization adopted a Syrian-sponsored resolution that criticized Israel for health conditions on the Golan Heights.”
“So is there no limit to the UN’s absurdities when it comes to Israel?” he continued. “Well, apparently not, because in July, UNESCO declared the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron a Palestinian World Heritage site. That’s worse than fake news. That’s fake history. Mind you, it’s true that Abraham, the father of both Ishmael and Isaac, is buried there, but so too are Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca – Sarah is a Jewish name, by the way – and Leah, who just happen to be patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people. You won’t read about that in the latest UNESCO report.”
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Netanyahu mentioned the Jewish new year, which will be celebrated around the world this evening. “Tomorrow evening, Jews around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of our new year,” he stated. “It’s time of reflection, and we look back with wonder at the miraculous rebirth of our nation, and we look ahead with pride to the remarkable contributions Israel will continue to make to all nations.”
“Today, 2,700 years after Isaiah spoke those prophetic words, Israel is becoming a rising power among the nations,” Netanyahu said as he concluded his speech. “And at long last, its light is shining across the continents, bringing hope and salvation to the ends of the earth.” The Israeli prime minister then wished the Jewish people around the world a sweet new year.