Itongadol.- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, telling those nations who had spoken out in favor of the Iran nuclear deal: "Check your enthusiasm at the door."
Netanyahu slams UN\’s \’deafening silence\’ in face of Iranian threats to wipe out Israel
"This deal doesn\’t make peace more likely," Netanyahu argued, saying that by giving Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief the deal makes war more likely.
Iran has boosted the delivery of supplies and troops into Syria, he said. "It did all this to prop up [Syrian President Bashar] Assad\’s brutal regime."
He said that Iran had delivered SA-22 and Yakhount missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon in order to target Israel. In addition, Iran has built armed drones for Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza, Netanyahu said.
Iran also promised to arm Palestinians in the West Bank and sent Iranian Revolutionary Guards generals to the Golan Heights, he said.
"We will continue to act to stop the transfer of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon through Syrian territory," he said, alluding to Israeli air strikes in Syria.
The nuclear deal "will not turn the rapacious tiger into a kitten," he said. "When bad behavior is rewarded it only gets worse," he added.
"The greatest danger facing our world is the coupling of militant Islam with nuclear weapons," he said. The deal with Iran could be "the marriage certificate of this unholy union," he added.
He slammed the UN\’s "deafening silence" in the face of Iran\’s threats to wipe out Israel. The prime minister then remained silence for a full 20 seconds to emphasize his point on this silence.
"Perhaps you\’d be more reluctant to celebrate," if the deal threatened your neighborhood, Netanyahu said, adding that Iran\’s intercontinental ballistic missiles being built were meant for the US and Europe. "For raining down mass destruction, anytime, anywhere."
No one should doubt Israel\’s determination to defend itself against those who threaten it with destruction, he warned.
"Your plan to destroy Israel will fail," he said, addressing the rulers of Iran. No force on earth will threaten Israel\’s future. We will do whatever it takes to defend our state and our people, he added.
Common dangers, such as Islamic State and Iran are bringing Israel and its Arab neighbors closer, Netanyahu said. He said that he hoped to build partnerships with these nations, but said that the alliance between Israel and the United States would remain the Jewish state\’s most important relationship.
"Our differences about the nuclear deal are a disagreement within the family," he said, echoing US President Barack Obama.