Today, after a speech by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas that accused Israel of creating a “racist climate fueled by a culture of incitement in the Israeli curriculum,” engaging in “a campaign clearly and deliberately aimed at altering [Jerusalem's] historic character,” and perpetrating “a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people,” Israeli Prime Minister Netayahu spoke at the U.N.:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday took aim at the Iranian nuclear program, saying that the regime was using negotiations to stall and urging clear “red lines” on its uranium enrichment.
“At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs and that’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear weapons program,” Netanyahu said in an address to the United Nations General Assembly. “Red lines don’t lead to war; red lines prevent war.”
“Iran uses diplomatic negotiations to buy time to advance its program,” he said. “The international community has tried sanctions, has passed some of strongest sanctions. Oil exports have been curbed, and the Iranian economy has been hit hard. But we must face the truth that sanctions have not stopped Iran’s nuclear drive.”
Citing data from the IAEA, Netanyahu said that Iran “doubled its centrifuges last year.”
Physically drawing a red line across a diagram of the Iranian bomb, that he held up before the assembly, Netanyahu said that a red line must be placed on Iran’s uranium enrichment program: “Then Iran will back down,” he asserted.
There’s full video of the speech here.
As frustrating as it was to listen to Abbas’ lies and invective, it is always reassuring to know that Israel has leadership in PM Netanyahu that is eloquent, strong, and willing to do what needs to be done to protect his nation’s security. Well-played, Mr. Prime Minister.