Full Netanyahu Speech at UN

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25th September 2011

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Full Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu UN address to General Assembly Sept 23 2011

It’s hard to know where to start with Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the UN.  His theater of the absurd jibe at the UN itself? His hand of peace. Here are a few excerpts:

But most especially, I extend my hand to the Palestinian people, with whom we seek a just and lasting peace.

[Israel is] singled out for condemnation more often than all the nations of the world combined. Twenty-one out of the 27 General Assembly resolutions condemn Israel — the one true democracy in the Middle East.

[UN]- It’s the — the theater of the absurd. It doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi’s Libya chaired the UN Commission on Human Rights; Saddam’s Iraq headed the UN Committee on Disarmament.

Today I hope that the light of truth will shine, if only for a few minutes, in a hall that for too long has been a place of darkness for my country. So as Israel’s prime minister, I didn’t come here to win applause. I came here to speak the truth. (Cheers, applause.) The truth is — the truth is that Israel wants peace. The truth is that I want peace. The truth is that in the Middle East at all times, but especially during these turbulent days, peace must be anchored in security. The truth is that we cannot achieve peace through UN resolutions, but only through direct negotiations between the parties. The truth is that so far the Palestinians have refused to negotiate. The truth is that Israel wants peace with a Palestinian state, but the Palestinians want a state without peace. And the truth is you shouldn’t let that happen.

After all, it was here in 1975 that the age-old yearning of my people to restore our national life in our ancient biblical homeland — it was then that this was braided — branded, rather — shamefully, as racism. And it was here in 1980, right here, that the historic peace agreement between Israel and Egypt wasn’t praised; it was denounced! And it’s here year after year that Israel is unjustly singled out for condemnation. It’s singled out for condemnation more often than all the nations of the world combined. Twenty-one out of the 27 General Assembly resolutions condemn Israel — the one true democracy in the Middle East.

Yet a malignancy is now growing between East and West that threatens the peace of all. It seeks not to liberate, but to enslave, not to build, but to destroy. That malignancy is militant Islam. It cloaks itself in the mantle of a great faith, yet it murders Jews, Christians and Muslims alike with unforgiving impartiality.

You might say: That’s the past. Well, here’s what’s happening now — right now, today. Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the UN Security Council. This means, in effect, that a terror organization presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing the world’s security.

You couldn’t make this thing up.

So here in the UN, automatic majorities can decide anything. They can decide that the sun sets in the west or rises in the west. I think the first has already been pre-ordained. But they can also decide — they have decided that the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest place, is occupied Palestinian territory.

And yet even here in the General Assembly, the truth can sometimes break through. In 1984 when I was appointed Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, I visited the great rabbi of Lubavich. He said to me — and ladies and gentlemen, I don’t want any of you to be offended because from personal experience of serving here, I know there are many honorable men and women, many capable and decent people serving their nations here. But here’s what the rebbe said to me. He said to me, you’ll be serving in a house of many lies. And then he said, remember that even in the darkest place, the light of a single candle can be seen far and wide.

Full transcript of Netanyahu’s speech

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Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the UN [part 1/3] (rest at YouTube)

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Full transcript of Abbas’s speech

The sharp of understanding among you may have noticed that Abbas deems himself to be speaking on behalf of ALL the Palestinians in the region – presumably in Gaza too. Yet Hamas, which is another political party ruling over part of the future state of Palestine,  is not even considered in his speech.  It is the Ghost at the party. Neither is its existence,  its refusal to EVER recognise Israel, or its Charter’s intent to destroy Israel even alluded to by those applauding loudly Abbas’s proposal.  Gaza, however, is mentioned by Abbas three times.  An interesting inclusion/omission.

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22 Responses to “Full Netanyahu Speech at UN”

  1. Peter Reynolds Says:

    The very idea that the Palestinian people should be required to comply with all Israel’s conditions before they are entitled to the fundamental right of statehood is an obscenity.

    Netanyahu is an arrogant, deceitful bully, a thug who says no, you have no right to exist uness you comply with my conditions. I watched his smarmy, cunning, patronising and reprehensible speech in full. The man is a tyrant and a war criminal and should have been dragged from the podium in chains. He disgraces his people and all of mankind with his conduct. He is the greatest enemy of the Jewish people and of peace.

    • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

      You, Peter, me ol’ mate, me ol’ pal, are entitled to your opinion. Wrong-headed as it is. But when anyone falls into the oh so well-worn attack mode of accusing people of being “war criminals” – for some reason, which escapes me right now – I feel my hackles rising.

      Did you read my earlier post on The Right to Palestine? If so, did you understand it?

      • Peter Reynolds Says:

        “Did you understand it?”

        I’ll overlook the patronising tone.

        If you mean ““I think there is a way of avoiding a confrontation or a showdown”, then I’m afraid you’ve overlooked the fact that Israel has already provoked the “confrontation or showdown” by denying Palestine what it already enjoys.

        You, ol’ Tone and the pathetic Israeli slave, Obama, fail entirely to judge the matter in a fair, reasonable or even handed way. Palestine is entitled to statehood just as Israel is and any hesitation in granting it is hypocritical and inexcusable.

        It is however, what we have come to expect from Israel, which is a pariah state, no better than Iran and which history should and will judge extremely harshly. You and your chums should stop making excuses for its abhorrent behaviour and insist that it conforms both to UN resolutions and to a decent standard of behaviour.

        • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

          Ignorance is bliss, Peter. Here’s the earlier post on the LEGAL right to PALESTINE – http://keeptonyblairforpm.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/the-legal-right-to-palestine-15m-video-jonathan-freedland-others-might-wish-to-watch/

          You have clearly not read it or it makes no difference to your prejudice against Israel and your knowledge of history. Some of us here have noticed that bias before, btw. It bodes badly for your leadership of your new, what was it – Legalise Cannabis party.

          To answer your points – er point. It was all one point, as far as I can see:

          Israel has NOT denied Palestine ( you meant “Palestinians”? Palestine is the whole region including Israel) what it already enjoys. Israel is a legally constituted state under the UN and wishes Palestine to be the same. See earlier post on Legal Right to “Palestine” for when UN so decided (and why!) Israel is ready and willing for the Palestinians to have their own state. Trouble is many, perhaps most Palestinians want nothing other than the totally elimination of Israel. Sounds fair enough to you? I thought so.

          Mr Blair, Mr Obama and I are not dealing in an unreasonble or hypocritical way to Abbas’s calls. Quite the opposite, in fact. They/we are listening as is the whole world. Perhaps the biased like yourself might even learn something. If so, in that at least, Abbas may have made some helpful progress.

          Fatah has made its call at the UN, true. All Abbas needs to do now is to fit the other half of the (terrorist ) jigsaw into place. Hamas anyone? Have you no criticism of that crowd, Peter? No idea of its influence, ambitions, terror attacks, as written in, as they say, blood? Its Charter, in other words.

          You and your dullard & biased chums should stop making excuses for your ignorant prejudice.

          Btw, in case you misunderstood, I did not mean to be patronising. I meant to be to the point: i.e. your views on the goodness of Palestinians and the badness of Israelis is ignorant and biased.

          • Peter Reynolds Says:

            “Prejudice” against Israel?

            Any reasonable person must recognise that Israel is the new Nazi state. It has become its own nemesis. It is unlawful., immoral and almost beyond redemption.

            Israel is the greatest single force for evil in the world today and all men of good conscience should stand against it.

            The Jewish people should rise up and overthrow the monsters that have seized power. Netanyahu is every bit as mad as Ahmadinejad, Mladic, Radovic, Gaddafi or Saddam Hussein. Until he and his evil cronies are deposed the world will continue to teeter on the brink of catastrophe.

    • Eric Polly Says:

      Mr. Reynolds,

      I am one of the millions of Jews who has spent too much time in bomb shelters waiting out 1000’s of arab rocket and missile barrages that have plagued us these last few years. Never mind that the PA signed the Oslo accords that obligates it to pursue and prosecute the perpetrators, which they never do.

      I would like to remind you that our tiny country is extremely small, more than 60% of our population of live in the narrow coastal plain that extends eastward from the Mediterannean for just 9 miles until it meets the Judean and Samarian mountain ranges. Wherever we travel, to work, to school or to shop, we live in the shadow of those mountains, always fearful that an Arab sniper will have us in his gun-site.

      Solving the conflict will require painful concessions from the Jewish side. We are being asked to hand over Judea and Samaria, the heart of our historic Jewish ancestral homeland, which Mr. Abbas says will need to be Judenrein.

      Another problem that plagues the Jewish mind is that Mr. Abbas represents less than 50% of the Arab population, who are in turn divided into various clans and tribes that have widely varying desires, interests, and political and religious views, and are mostly corrupt, and have no experience in the building of a peaceful, non-violent, pluralistic society that respects law and human rights.

      Mr. Netanyahu has proposed the following Jewish starting points:

      1. Mr. Abbas must agree that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and Palestine will be the nation-state of Palestinian Arabs.

      2. Mr. Abbas must agree to stop incitement by removing the teaching of Jew hatred from the PA school curriculum.

      3. In order to protect Jewish lives, Mr. Abbas must agree to land-swaps that enable the Jewish side to maintain a physical presence on the western-most mountain tops of the Judean and Samarian mountain ranges, as well as a physical presence in the Jordan River Valley.

      4. Mr. Abbas must agree to dismantle all terrorist groups within the territories of Judea and Samaria, and to maintain a single unified police force that will aggressively prosecute acts of violence against Jews.

      5. Mr. Abbas must agree to guard and prevent the destruction of hundreds of sites of ancient Jewish antiquities that permeate the area of Judea and Samaria.

      After these starting points are agreed to, progress can be made on numerous smaller points related to water usage, pollution control, transportation, taxation and duties, economic cooperation, etc.

      Given that Mr. Abbas does not enjoy the widespread support of his people, it’s a far-fetched dream, but maybe if the Arabs agree to these points today, then 20 or 30 years from now a generation of Arabs born today will turn away from the goal of destroying the Jewish State.

      Speaking as an individual that has quite a personal stake in this issue, these starting points seem quite reasonable. An Arab enjoys the possibility of living and settling anywhere in the vast expanse of over 50 Islamic states, among brethren with whom they share a common language, culture and religion. The Jew has no such option. There is just one single Jewish state in the world, located on a postage-stamp sized land that has been the center of Jewish life, hope and aspirations for thousands of years.

      Mr. Reynolds, you appear to be a casual observer living far from the reality on the ground. Which of these starting points do you find unreasonable?

      • Peter Reynolds Says:

        I find your delusional arrogance that you should be able to stipulate the starting points as unreasonable.

        Who the hell do you think you are?

        Palestine is just as entitled to statehood as is Israel. Of course I deplore the fear and suffering of Israeli people as Hamas rockets are launched but the Israeli F16s and tanks prove the disproprtionate and unfair nature of the conflict.

        Israel is a bully and until it stops trying to stipulate the terms it will always be in the wrong. Of course there is much that is wrong about Hamas but the Palestinians have lived under brutal Israeli oppression for years and until it is lifted peace will never come.

        Israel is morally and legally in the wrong and only gets away with it because of its propensity to use force against its opponents and to corrupt and pervert the US political system. The world is losing patience with Israeli intransigence. Soon, instead of wishing to see equality between Israelis and Palestinians, the world will turn against Israel and it will be justly deserved.

        • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

          Peter,

          I’ll let Mr Polly answer more fully for himself, if he so wishes. Except that I want to make a point which might just – to the open-minded – draw attention to YOUR hypocrisy. You seem to deny Israelis have any rights to lay down any pre-conditions, while defending the Palestinian right to insist that, for instance, settlement building ceases prior to talks resumption.

          Why is sauce for the goose not sauce for the gander?

          My understanding is that the Israeli side are willing to re-commence talks without pre-conditions, whereas the Palestinians are not.

          Also, and it has probably escaped your notice (as it has the attention of many ) it was the PALESTINIAN side, not the Israeli side that stopped the talks last September by refusing to continue without THEIR pre-conditions having been met beforehand.

          Sounds fair enough to you? Thought so.

          Btw, the world in its ignorance and prejudice has already turned against Israel. Doesn’t mean the “world” is right. In fact, looking at other examples of who or what the world is/has been for or against, this almost guarantees that the “world” is wrong.

          Jump off the – what was it Blair said (?)- high-faluting high-horse, Peter.

        • Eric Polly Says:

          Looks like I have wasted my time speaking to a mindless automaton that is pre-programmed only to spew insults and always take the arab side. If only I had known!

          Too bad you turned out to be a poorly programmed machine, I wanted to invite you over for a cup of coffee.

          Wishing your circuits only the best.

          Eric

  2. Stan Says:

    Mr Reynolds, (not Peter anymore!) I have tried to reason with you in the past on this issue but have found that reason simply does not get through to a mind that is so addled on these matters ( for one reason or another).

    So I will limit myself to one observation (which I think I have put to you before). Anyone who compares Israel with a state which systematically rounded up millions of men, women and children and transported them in cattle trucks to extermination camps where they were kept in diabolical conditions before they were finally stripped of their clothing and possessions as they entered the gas ovens (sometimes to the sound of lively music to keep them pacified) has lost the argument in a BIG way.

  3. Peter Reynolds Says:

    Just like the monsters whose perverse rule of Israel endangers the whole world I see that ktbfpm, Eric and Stan, none of you can continue without descending into abuse and personal insults. That says it all.

    You make my point for me. You consider such behaviour acceptable. You in particular Stan, glorify in trying to distinguish between the vile conduct of Hitlerism and Zionism. I see no such distinction and your description of Nazi behaviour is echoed in Israeli behaviour in Gaza.

    You lose the argument completely and conclusively. You are stubborn, self-righteous and grossly hypocritical, beyond all reason. You are blind to your own delusion.

    You and people like you will indeed be the death of Israel because your intransigence is absurd. All my life I would have fought for the right of Israel to exist but I see now that its conduct has in fact extinguished that. Its disgusting, hate-filled philosophy has forfeited any further rights. It should be expelled from the UN, its leaders hauled before the ICC and you weak willed apologists for racism, genocide and tyranny are complicit in its crimes.

    • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

      Peter,

      Personal abuse? Really? Wouldn’t you descibe THIS as “personal abuse”:

      [True it is not directed toward myself, Stan or Mr Polly, but it was YOUR first comment, Peter, and way, way OTT.]

      Netanyahu is an arrogant, deceitful bully, a thug who says no, you have no right to exist uness you comply with my conditions. I watched his smarmy, cunning, patronising and reprehensible speech in full. The man is a tyrant and a war criminal and should have been dragged from the podium in chains. He disgraces his people and all of mankind with his conduct. He is the greatest enemy of the Jewish people and of peace.

      None of us three, as far as I can recall, have lambasted Abbas’s speech in this way. So who is the arrogant, abusive know-all thug amongst us?

      The counter argument – on what you decribe as “Israeli behaviour in Gaza” – has been perpetrated on Israel for YEARS with rocket bombardments. Usually failing to kill, but that is no reason to discount them or to fail to mention them. These are supported or at least NOT STOPPED by an internationally named terror organisation – Hamas. Why do you fail to remark on this?

      As for your criticism of Stan. He and I have disagreed before when I have said that Islamist fundamentalists are Islamo-fascists. He didn’t like that because he felt it spread the misconception that all Muslims are Islamofascists. YOUR posiion is that all those who support Israel’s right to continue to exist are Naziis. That would be me, Stan, Mr Polly, Tony Blair, President Obama and just about everyone else whose mind is open and balanced on the topic.

      Btw, to paraphrase your OWN insult to Stan. How do you like this version?

      You are stubborn, self-righteous and grossly hypocritical, beyond all reason. You are blind to your own delusion.

      You and people like you will indeed be the death of peace because your intransigence is absurd. All my life I will fight for the right of a Palestine state to exist but I see now that the enemies of peace are all around us and willfully ignorant. Their conduct is in danger of extinguished my support for a Palestine state. Their disgusting, hate-filled philosophy has forfeited any further rights. Their position means that rather than join the UN, Palestinian statehood may end as a broken dream. Some “Palestinian” leaders may even be hauled before the ICC and you weak willed apologists for racism, genocide and tyranny are complicit in their crimes.

  4. Arlene Frances Says:

    Al Jazeera conducted a survey in Gaza. The majority of Gazans said, “Abbas does not represent us; he is of no consequence”. Could this be why Abbas did not mention Gaza? This is what the kindly gentleman, Mr. Polly, is trying to convey to the uninformed, like Mr. Reynolds. It doesn’t take a whole lot of reseach to find out about all the different Arab tribes. They have been fighting amongst each other for eons. Today, there is a headline: “Saudi Arabia will allow women to vote, for the FIRST time, in 2015″. They will be allowed to vote, only in municipal elections. How very civilized of them! Assad is busy gunning down his own people, in cold blood, while they cry out for help from the West. The Royal Family in Jordan “pens up” the Palestinians (who make up the majority of the population), in REAL camps. They live in squalor and are treated as second class citizens. You can read articles written by a Palestinian from Jordan (Mudar Zahran), who still has family there. He will tell you, Israel is NOT the bad guy. Hamas, Hezbollah, The PA and, Iran; all terrorist organizations; all bent on destroying Israel because, they are JEWS. What Abbas wants, is the “Right of Return”, and the ability to accuse Israel of war crimes, which is the same as saying, “the Arabs want the land of Israel and want the Jews destroyed”. The world let it happen once, and if people like Mr. Reynolds have his way, it could happen again. Thank G-D, the majority of the people (mostly Christians) of the United States, understand what is going on; are standing with Israel. There is no hope for people like Mr. Reynolds, who refuse to do a little research. Medical research has shown that smoking too much cannibas, creates laziness and cuts off oxygen to the brain. Knowing that, perhaps we can excuse Mr. Reynolds for his lack of drive to present facts and his quick temper. One day, we should all get together at an Oxygen Bar and discuss these issues. Clear minds must prevail.

  5. Peter Reynolds Says:

    You seek to “excuse” me for a “lack of drive to present facts” and a “quick temper”, yet it is only I who have been subject to abuse and insult – and you now seek to patronise me?

    I read your words and yes, you have some points, you raise some issues but NONE of them has anything to do with the fundamental right of Palestine to statehood. They are all just bluster, procrastination, excuse and further vile oppression of the Palestinian people. You are a racist bigot Arlene. Your appallingly arrogant perspective that makes you think you are worthy even to question the rights of Palestinians is your condemnation. In my view your words are very, very close to a hate crime and these days in Briatin, people are finding the police at their door for what they post on the internet. You should take care.

    • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

      It is only YOU who has been subject to abuse, is it? Peter, FGS, read your own comments. As I said before YOU started the abuse. Not, at that time at the other commenters, but at a politician. Though it spread to the commenters when your ears started spouting smoke.

      The reason my blog was set up is to defend a politician from such abuse from know-alls. So perhaps my aims are less self-centred and more noble than yours.

      Llike all the others commenting here I WANT Palestinians to have their own state. You say you now don’t want Israel to be recognised as a state because of all the things you believe it has done wrong in its “pariah” condition.

      The rest of us just think you are wrong. But instead of accepting that, you hyperventilate and accuse Israel, Netanyahu, Jews of being as bad as Nazi Germany.

      I am afraid your accusation of racism towards the other commenter is disgraceful. I could just as easily say the same about you. That wouldn’t make it so. It would just be my opinion. The very least you can do is add – “IN MY HUMBLE OPINION” – when you accuse others of hate, racism or bigotry.

      The only people who have ANY RIGHTS – I mean ANY rights to the land in the stretch of the Middle East called PALESTINE – are the JEWS. So it was decreed at the UN. And so it will show you historically, fact by irritating fact, in the other post.

      HAVE YOU READ IT?

      As for your Police nonsense. There is another wally on Twitter right now who is urging me to apologise to George Galloway for calling him a traitor. He says he hopes I have taken legal advice.

      My response was I will stop laughing at that preposterous suggestion when Twitter or the Police (both of whom I have consulted) do something, ANYTHING about the Muslim man on Twitter last week who said this to me:

      “If I were ever to meet you or Bush or Blair I’d kill you without hesitation”.

      So I am, it would seem, under a death threat, and the threatener still tweets to his evil-minded heart’s content. The Police are not interested. When he tries to kill me they might be.

      Are you still telling Arlene to beware the …… dum, da,dum,dum ….Police knock at the door?

  6. Peter Reynolds Says:

    And you ktbfpm, allowing your intellectually challenged contributors to make cheap shots about my political activity is beneath you. i expect far better from you, even if your friends are uncouth and punch below the belt.

    • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

      Peter, you site is easily accessible. It is on public display. I thought you’d be proud of your party and how you lead it. I don’t even personally disapprove of it myself, though you must know you’ll have to save up for your lost deposit.

      But honestty, Peter, your skin seems too thin for the nasty game that is politcs, if you don’t mind me saying. If you think I “allowed” others to make cheap shots , you over-estimate my powers or you under-estimate the cause you have taken on. If I shouldn’t have mentioned it in the first place, why not? Aren’t you proud of it?

  7. Arlene Frances Says:

    Peter, how did you ever get to be such a MEAN person?

  8. Peter Reynolds Says:

    It’s called projection Arlene. Go look in the mirror.

    I like people. I seek unity and peace. Read your own words and blush.

  9. Arlene Frances Says:

    Ah, we finally agree on something, Peter; both seeking unity and peace. I want the Palestinians to have a State of their own, too, but, not at the expense of destroying Israel. I see the Palestinians as pawns, used and abused, by the radial Islamists. I have Palestinian friends and they do not blame Israel. How do you explain that? I suppose you would say they are misguided or misinformed? BTW, Peter, I am not in Britain. At the moment, I’m rather happy about that. LOL!!!

  10. Stan Says:

    Mr Reynolds, I think it’s much more likely that you, rather than Arlene, will find the police at your door – for one reason or another.

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