Netanyahu slams UN approach towards Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticises UN's 'deafening silence' to threats against Israel after Iran nuclear accord as he pause for full minute in silence staring at world leaders

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, October 1, 2015.

Updated Oct 2, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the UN on Thursday, accusing the member states of the UN, for what he claimed as “deafening silence” to threats against Israel, after the Iranian nuclear agreement with US and other world powers.

Netanyahu, during his flourish rhetoric, paused for about a full minute in silence, staring at the delegates to convey his message.

The Iranian nuclear agreement, "doesn't make peace more likely" rather opens the way for Iran to invest in war by receiving billions of dollars as sanctions relief, the Israeli Prime Minister claimed.

Netanyahu’s speech at the UN, followed yesterdays speech by the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas in which Abbas told the UN General Assembly that Palestinians would not implement any legal accord, as long as the Israeli occupation continues in West Bank and Jerusalem.

"I am prepared to immediately, immediately resume direct peace negotiations with the Palestinians without any preconditions whatsoever," he said. "Unfortunately, Mahmoud Abbas said yesterday that he is not prepared to do this." 

He also made it clear that Israel would continue to repel attacks from Syria by using military force and will prevent any Iranian support to the Hezbollah militants fighting in Syria, alongside forces loyal to Assad regime from receiving weapons.

"Israel will continue to respond forcefully to any attacks against it from Syria," Netanyahu said, adding that Israel would also "prevent the transfer of strategic weapons to Hezbollah from and through Syrian territory." 

Israel has time and again warned that it is prepared to use military force to prevent Iran from possessing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies wanting atomic weapons.

US President, Barack Obama's administration, has strongly defended their policy with Iran against criticisms from Israel and the opposition Republicans in the US Congress, who attempted unsuccessfully to terminate the deal. Obama administration, describes the nuclear deal as the best solution to prevent a new war in the Middle East.

TRTWorld and agencies