This is what speaking truth to power REALLY looks like. Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu delivers one of the tightest, most fact intensive political speeches I have ever heard.
Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East, is unjustly singled out for condemnation more often than all the nations of the world combined. Is it possible that tiny Israel is worse than China, N. Korea, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Iran, Myanmar, etc., and the rest of the world’s dictatorships COMBINED? Is that truly possible? Seriously folks, the persecution of Israel by this corrupt world body held hostage by the Muslim block and Arab Oil, and populated by the worst thugocracies on the planet might almost be mistaken for apocalyptic. It’s sick and bizarre. Netanyahu warns of a malignancy that is sweeping the world called militant Islam (why is nobody else at the U.N. addressing this?) which opposes, not the policies of Israel, but its very existence. He slams Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran for suggesting 9/11 was an American conspiracy, warns of the consequences should Iran acquire a WMD, the rise of militant Islam across the Middle East, and the creation of a Palestinian state. Speaking about the U.N., he says:
This is an unfortunate part about the U.N. institution, it’s a theatre of the Absurd. It doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain, it often casts REAL villains in leading roles. Ghaddafi’s Libya chaired the U.N. commission on human rights. Saddam Hussein’s Iraq headed the U.N. committee on disarmament. Hesbollah controlled Lebanon now presides over the U.N. security council. This means in effect that a terror organization presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing world security [and recall Sudan's comic/tragic membership on the U.N.'s human rights committee]. You couldn’t make this stuff up.
Netanyahu addresses the claim by President Abbas that the core of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is the “settlements”:
Well, that’s odd. Our conflict was raging for nearly half a century before there was a single Israeli settlement in the West Bank. So if what President Abbas says is true, then I guess the “settlements” he’s talking about are Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jaffa, Beersheva. Maybe that’s what he meant when he said the other day that Israel has been occupying Palestinian land for sixty-three years. He didn’t say from 1967, he said from 1948. It illustrates a simple truth — the core of the conflict is not the settlements. The core of the conflict is the refusal of the Palestinians to recognize the Jewish state in ANY border.
Responding to demands that Israel make a “sweeping” offer in order to secure peace he says:
There’s only one problem with that theory. We’ve tried it and it hasn’t worked. In 2000 we made a sweeping peace offer that met virtually all of the Palestinian demands. Arafat rejected it. Palestinians then launched a campaign of terror that claimed a thousand Israeli lives. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made an even more sweeping offer to the Palestinians. President Abbas didn’t even respond to it.
But Israel has made more than just sweeping offers:
We have actually conceded territory. We withdrew from Lebanon in 2000, and from every square inch of Gaza in 2005. We left Gaza hoping for peace. We didn’t freeze the settlements in Gaza, we uprooted them. That didn’t calm the militant Islamic storm that threatens us. It only brought the storm closer and made it stronger. Hesbollah and Hamas fired thousands of rockets against our cities from the very territories we vacated. When Israel left Lebanon and Gaza, the moderates didn’t defeat the radicals, the moderates were DEVOURED by the radicals.
On the consequences of Israel’s concessions:
We did exactly what the theory says. And I don’t think people remember how far we went to achieve this. And then having done all that, we gave the keys of Gaza to President Abbas. You can all remember the world applauded the withdrawal as an act of great statesmanship. As a bold act of peace. Now, the theory says it should all work out. But ladies and gentlemen, we didn’t get peace, we got war. We got Iran, which through its proxy Hamas promptly kicked out the Palestinian Authority in one day.
On a Palestinian state in the West Bank:
President Abbas says the Palestinians are armed only with their hopes and dreams. Yup. Hopes, dreams, and ten thousand missiles and grad rockets supplied by Iran, not to mention the river of lethal weapons now flowing into Gaza from the Sinai, from Libya and elsewhere. Thousands of missiles have already rained down on our cities. So you might understand, given all this, Israelis rightly ask what’s to prevent all this from happening again from the West Bank. Israel is prepared to have a Palestinian state in the West Bank, but we are not prepared to have another Gaza there.
And he was just getting started. I haven’t quite understood why Abbas declaring a Palestinian state in the West Bank was so threatening to the Israelis, but I get it now. Makes perfect sense why peace must be achieving FIRST, before statehood is awarded to the Palestinians, which he explains here. The consequences otherwise could quite literally mean the start of a regional war.
Full transcript here.