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In prior speeches at the United Nations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sometimes relied on props and graphics to illustrate his case, the case for Israel. But, writes The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz, Netanyahu’s speech yesterday will be remembered for the silence he used to highlight the world’s inaction to stop Iran’s continued threats against the Jewish state and ongoing support of global terror:
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“Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my people. And the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here,” he charged furiously, “has been absolutely nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.”
And then Netanyahu paused, staring defiantly, reproachfully out into the hall, head nodding slightly. For 44 very long seconds. In silent rebuke. And in apparent mourning for international morality…
After a year in which the Iran deal was concluded over all his loud objections, the Syrian civil war rages bloodily on, Islamic State continues its campaign of killing, and the Middle East remains predictable only in its chronic instability, Netanyahu is only too aware of how isolated he is. It is unlikely anybody will even have seriously registered his pledge that “Israel will not allow Iran to break in, sneak in, or walk in to the nuclear weapons club,” and that “No one should question Israel’s determination to defend ourselves against those who would seek our destruction.”
The Israeli prime minister barked. The Israeli prime minister fell shamingly silent. But the UN caravan goes inexorably on.
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 7:57 AM | Stand For Israel
Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu gave an impassioned speech at the United Nations, a speech that because of a moment of quiet, is being called his “Speech of Silence.” Watch the speech in its entirety above.Comments (125) »
Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 1:18 PM | Stand For Israel
In today’s speech at the U.N., Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered what is already being called his “Speech of Silence.” Yediot Achronot reports on what the PM said as he addressed the recent Iranian nuclear deal and the terror and hatred with which the Jewish state is confronted:
Netanyahu devoted the majority of his speech to addressing his concerns regarding the recent nuclear deal with Iran, mentioning the many security problems posed by Iran…
The prime minister said that Iran has only increased its aggression since the deal was signed, increasing support for Assad, Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as setting up terror cells around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere.
Netanyahu argued that the world has long been watching outrageous Iranian behavior in silence — “Utter silence. Deafening silence.” In order to bring this point home, he then spent roughly 40 seconds staring at his audience in complete silence.
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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 12:44 PM | Stand For Israel
Even as the Iran deal moves forward, the voices against it continue to speak out. One of those, The Times of Israel’s Raphael Ahren reports, is the former second-in-command of the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who says that the proposed inspection plan is flawed:
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The nuclear deal’s mechanism for inspecting Iran’s Parchin military complex appears to be unreasonably lax, the former number two official at the United Nations nuclear watchdog said this week…
It remains unclear how exactly the IAEA will conduct its inspections at Parchin, which are meant to provide definitive answers on Iran’s nuclear activity at the site prior to the deal. According to a leaked draft of the agreement, published last month by The Associated Press, Iran will provide the agency with photos, videos and environmental samples…
Heinonen — who worked for the IAEA for nearly three decades and headed the agency’s Department of Safeguards — explained that taking samples at a site suspected of having hosted illicit nuclear activity is no simple feat…
The IAEA’s mission in Parchin is not merely to take environmental samples but also to examine the site’s diagnostic equipment and technical arrangements, the Finnish-born Heinonen continued. “This is not only just to take swipe samples and then that thing gets resolved. This is much more wider thing the IAEA wants to investigate. Therefore, again, the camera view is not satisfying for that,” he said.
Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 8:26 AM | Stand For Israel
In last Wednesday’s Daily Dispatch, we reported that the Palestinians are pushing to have their non-member flag raised at the United Nations. While this is a meaningless gesture, writes Commentary’s Jonathan Tobin, it does mean recognizing either Fatah’s corrupt regime or Hamas’ terrorist organization:
In the West Bank, the corrupt Fatah Party-run kleptocracy continues its misrule of Palestinians while Israel maintains security in an attempt to stop terrorism and also keep PA leader Mahmoud Abbas safe against threats from Hamas and other Islamist groups.
In Gaza, Hamas operates a government that is an independent Palestinian state in all but name. It exercises absolute and tyrannical power over the more than one million residents of the Strip, forcing their Islamists beliefs on the population as well as using them as human shields for their terror operations. While Israel and Egypt have maintained a loose blockade of the area since the Hamas coup, food, medicine and even construction material sent to rebuild the homes destroyed in last summer’s war flow into the strip from Israel every day. Hamas could use these resources to better the lives of its people or even to rebuild a single home lost as a result of their terrorist adventurism in which they rained down thousands of missiles on Israeli cities. But instead, with the help of Iran, it builds more terror tunnels to facilitate kidnapping and murder raids into Israel as well as fortifications designed to protect the missile launchers and their terrorist personnel…
Palestinian nationalism is inextricably tied to a war against Zionism that compels them to fight for Israel’s extinction. That is why even Fatah foments hatred and praises terrorists and terror attacks on Israelis and Jews. Hamas makes no secret of the fact that its purpose is to end the “occupation.” But by that they don’t refer to the West Bank or even Jerusalem but all of Israel.
That’s why the effort to recognize “Palestine” as a sovereign power is so dangerous even when it expresses itself in meaningless…Read More » Comments (1) »
Monday, August 31st, 2015 at 7:23 AM | Stand For Israel
One of the most troubling areas in Iran is its top-secret Parchin military facility – the very same location that the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has agreed to allow the Islamic Republic inspect on its own. Now, Arutz Sheva’s Ben Ariel reports that the IAEA says Iran has built an extension to this very site:
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Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a report obtained by the Reuters news agency on Thursday.
A resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Parchin file, which includes a demand for fresh IAEA access to the site, is a symbolically important issue that could help make or break Tehran’s July 14 nuclear deal with six world powers.
The confidential IAEA report obtained by the news agency says, “Since (our) previous report (in May), at a particular location at the Parchin site, the agency has continued to observe, through satellite imagery, the presence of vehicles, equipment, and probable construction materials. In addition, a small extension to an existing building” appeared to have been built.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 at 7:18 AM | Stand for Israel
This week, we reported that Iran has threatened the U.N.’s nuclear chief with harm if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) shared its secret details of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program with the United States. Now, one particularly alarming “secret” has been discovered, writes The Times of Israel’s George Jahn – the U.N. has agreed to allow Iran to inspect its own nuclear weapons site:
Iran, in an unusual arrangement, will be allowed to use its own experts to inspect a site it allegedly used to develop nuclear arms under a secret agreement with the UN agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation is sure to roil American and Israeli critics of the main Iran deal signed by the US, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the deal is built on trust of the Iranians, a claim the US has denied.
The investigation of the Parchin nuclear site by the International Atomic Energy Agency is linked to a broader probe of allegations that Iran has worked on atomic weapons. That investigation is part of the overarching nuclear deal.
Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at 7:32 AM | Stand for Israel