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Friday, September 24, 2010

Netanyahu challenges the U.N.

Thanks and a tip of the hat to Atlas Shrugs for posting four videos and a transcript of  P.M. Netanyahu's address to the General Assembly.  I find it to be considerably shorter and more honest  than  President Obama's address.


The United Nations was founded after the carnage of World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust.  It was charged with preventing the recurrence of such horrendous events.  Nothing has undermined that central mission more than the systematic assault on the truth.

Yesterday the President of Iran stood at this very podium, spewing his latest anti-Semitic rants.  Just a few days earlier, he again claimed that the Holocaust is a lie.

    Netanyahu proceeds to present evidence of the  Holocaust, and Atlas provides links to it.  But outside of  one or two biblical references, no evidence of the Jew's long term  connection to the land.   But the assault on truth goes far beyond the murder of six million, it includes denial of Jewish history and connection to the Levant.   I wish he had developed the full story rather than just one half of it.

Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium.  To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you.  You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.

But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame?  Have you no decency? 

A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state. What a disgrace!  What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations! 

    I find that to be an understated but much  deserved  swipe  at the allies & associates of  Ahmadinejad.  It just lacks the   profanity require for proper emphasis.

Perhaps some of you think that this man and his odious regime threaten only the Jews.  You're wrong.  History has shown us time and again that what starts with attacks on the Jews eventually ends up engulfing many others.

    That could use some elaboration. Moe began with razia on camel caravans, graduated to ghazwat on local Jewish settlements and  expanded to attack neighboring kingdoms.

This Iranian regime is fueled by an extreme fundamentalism that burst onto the world scene three decades ago after lying dormant for centuries. 

    Fueled by petroleum, driven by the Qur'an & hadith.  But 1979 was not its first manifestation.  Pogroms against levantine Jews began much earlier and there was great slaughter of Hindus when Islam split India.

But if the most primitive fanaticism can acquire the most deadly weapons, the march of history could be reversed for a time.   And like the belated victory over the Nazis, the forces of progress and freedom will prevail only after a horrific toll of blood and fortune has been exacted from mankind.

That is why the greatest threat facing the world today is the marriage between religious fanaticism and the weapons of mass destruction, and the most urgent challenge facing this body is to prevent the tyrants of Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Are the member states of the United Nations up to that challenge?  Will the international community confront a despotism that terrorizes its own people as they bravely stand up for freedom?

Will it take action against the dictators who stole an election in broad daylight and gunned down Iranian protesters who died in the streets choking in their own blood?

Will the international community thwart the world's most pernicious sponsors and practitioners of terrorism?

Above all, will the international community stop the terrorist regime of Iran from developing atomic weapons, thereby endangering the peace of the entire world?


        Who will bell the cat?  Who can destroy Iran's centrifuges without being branded an aggressor?   The Security Council only acts by consensus; two of its permanent members have extensive financial ties to Iran.  China & Russia will veto any  realistic strategy.  If Iran will be prevented from  obtaining nukes, Israel must act forcefully, on her own initiative, before the final red line is crossed.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The jury is still out on the United Nations, and recent signs are not encouraging. 

Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here have condemned their victims.  That is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating the terrorists with those they targeted.

For eight long years, Hamas fired from Gaza thousands of missiles, mortars and rockets on nearby Israeli cities.   Year after year, as these missiles were deliberately hurled at our civilians, not a single UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks.

We heard nothing – absolutely nothing – from the UN Human Rights Council, a misnamed institution if there ever was one.
     
In 2005, hoping to advance peace, Israel unilaterally withdrew from every inch of Gaza.  It dismantled 21 settlements and uprooted over 8,000 Israelis. 

We didn't get peace.  Instead we got an Iranian backed terror base fifty miles from Tel Aviv.   Life in Israeli towns and cities next to Gaza became a nightmare.

You see, the Hamas rocket attacks not only continued, they increased tenfold. Again, the UN was silent.
 
Finally, after eight years of this unremitting assault, Israel was finally forced to respond.  But how should we have responded? 

Well, there is only one example in history of thousands of rockets being fired on a country's civilian population.  It happened when the Nazis rocketed British cities during World War II.  

During that war, the allies leveled German cities, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties.   Israel chose to respond differently.  Faced with an enemy committing a double war crime of firing on civilians while hiding behind civilians – Israel sought to conduct surgical strikes against the rocket launchers.

That was no easy task because the terrorists were firing missiles from homes and schools, using mosques as weapons depots and ferreting explosives in ambulances.

Israel, by contrast, tried to minimize casualties by urging Palestinian civilians to vacate the targeted areas.  We dropped countless flyers over their homes, sent thousands of text messages and called thousands of cell phones asking people to leave.

Never has a country gone to such extraordinary lengths to remove the enemy's civilian population from harm's way.   Yet faced with such a clear case of aggressor and victim, who did the UN Human Rights Council decide to condemn? Israel. 

A democracy legitimately defending itself against terror is morally hanged, drawn and quartered, and given an unfair trial to boot.

By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals.  What a perversion of truth!  What a perversion of justice!

       Its the double standard.  Netanyahu pointed it out and shined a light on it, but nobody was paying attention.  The camel is in the tent, filling it with excrement. 

Delegates of the United Nations,
Will you accept this farce?    Because if you do, the United Nations would revert to its darkest days, when the worst violators of human rights sat in judgment against the law-abiding democracies, when Zionism was equated with racism and when an automatic majority could declare that the earth is flat.

If this body does not reject this report, it would send a message to terrorists everywhere: Terror pays; if you launch your attacks from densely populated areas, you will win immunity.
 
And in condemning Israel, this body would also deal a mortal blow to peace.  Here's why.  When Israel left Gaza, many hoped that the missile attacks would stop.  Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy to exercise its right of self-defense. 

What legitimacy?  What self-defense? 

The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us –my people, my country - of war crimes?  And for what?  For acting responsibly in self-defense.  What a travesty!

Israel justly defended itself against terror.  This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments.   Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists? 

We must know the answer to that question now.   Now and not later.  Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow.

    Netanyahu   wisely  made the case for kissing off the "peace talks" if the UN  follows through with their inversion of justice and morality, condemning Israel.   The last sentence in the quote immediately above is pure gold.

As deeply connected as we are to this land, we recognize that the Palestinians also live there and want a home of their own.   We want to live side by side with them, two free peoples living in peace, prosperity and dignity.
   
    How insane!  It  should be common knowledge that Abbas & co. want a state instead of Israel, not a state beside Israel.  What part of "from the river to the sea" does Bibi not comprehend?  Predator-prey relationships do not work that way, they are permanent.

I believe such a peace can be achieved.  But only if we roll back the forces of terror, led by Iran, that seek to destroy peace, eliminate Israel and overthrow the world order.

    More insanity!  Iran does not have an exclusive franchise on terrorism.  Terrorism  & genocide of Jews are  intrinsic to Islam, Shi'ia or Sunni, they're all Muslims.  They disagree about who should be caliph.  They agree on  world conquest, terror & genocide.   Israel will have peace after the Muslims are converted, departed or dead, not before.

The question facing the international community is whether it is prepared to confront those forces or accommodate them.

    Nonsense!  That question has already been answered.  The international community has chosen  appeasement, throwing Israel to the wolves.  Joshua & Churchill are long since dead. The world has not learned and will not learn. History will repeat itself because nobody learns  and implements its lessons.