Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the UN General Assembly. Netanyahu focused on the Iranian threat and sent a message to the Iranian people.

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Today (Tuesday), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York. Netanyahu focused mainly on the Iranian threat but also sent a message to the Iranian people in Persian: “You’re not our enemy.”

“Iran vows to destroy my country every day,” Netanyahu continued. “Iran is developing ballistic missiles that threaten the entire world…We’ve all seen how dangerous even a few nuclear weapons can be in the hands of a small rogue regime. Now imagine the danger of hundreds of nuclear weapons in the hands of a vast Iranian Islamist empire!” Netanyahu summarized Israel’s policy on the nuclear deal: “Change it or cancel it. Fix it or nix it.”


Netanyahu Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

“An Iranian curtain is descending across the Middle East,” the prime minister stated. “Today I have a simple message for Ayatollah Khamenei, the dictator of Iran- The light of Israel will never be extinguished! Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril. Israel will defend itself with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions.”

Netanyahu and Trump meet at UNGA

Netanyahu and Trump meet at UNGA Photo credit: Channel 2 News

“Citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter shortly before his speech. “I am always excited to speak on your behalf to the nations of the world here at the UN. Today, I will say things that the Iranian leader and the people of Iran will always remember.”

“In over 30 years in my experience with the UN, I never heard a bolder or more courageous speech,” Netanyahu praised US President Donald Trump’s speech. “President Trump spoke the truth about the great dangers facing our world and issued a powerful call to confront them in order to ensure the future of humanity.”

Largely due to strong efforts of the Israeli delegation to the UN, Netanyahu spoke on the first day of the General Assembly- the same day as Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and other important leaders. The first day is considered more “lucrative” as it is saved for presidents and kings and almost never prime ministers.