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II Pertinent critique of Netanyahu’s speech by Americans for a Safe Israel. (AFSI)
I Redacted from Netanyahu’s speech, September 29, 2014. Complete video of speech shown below.
Distinguished delegates, I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we seek. I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it.
Ladies and gentleman, the people of Israel pray for peace. But our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace are in danger because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march.
It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant Islam. And typically, its first victims are other Muslims, but it spares no one. Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Kurds, no creed, no faith, no exit — no ethnic group is beyond its sights. And it’s rapidly spreading in every part of the world.
You know the famous American saying, “All politics is local”? For the militant Islamists, all politics is global because their ultimate goal is to dominate the world.
Now, that threat might seem exaggerated to some since it starts out small, like a cancer that attacks a particular part of the body. But left unchecked, the cancer grows, metastasizing over wider and wider areas. To protect the peace and security of the world, we must remove this cancer before it’s too late.
Last week, many of the countries represented here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS. And yet weeks before, some of these same countries, same countries that now support confronting ISIS opposed Israel for confronting Hamas.
They evidently don’t understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree. ISIS and Hamas share a fanatical creed, which they both seek to impose well beyond the territory under their control. Listen to ISIS self-declared caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
This is what he said two months ago. “A day will soon come when the Muslim will walk everywhere as a master. The Muslims will cause the world to hear and understand the meaning of terrorism and destroy the idol of democracy.”
Now listen to Khaled Mashal, the leader of Hamas. He proclaims a similar vision of the future. “We say this to the West: By Allah, you will be defeated. Tomorrow our nation will sit on the throne of the world.”
As Hamas’ charter makes clear, Hamas’ immediate goal is to destroy Israel, but Hamas has a broader objective. They also want a caliphate. Hamas shares the global ambitions of its fellow militant Islamists, and that’s why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of Gaza as thousands of Americans were murdered in 9/11.
And that’s why its leaders condemned the United States for killing Osama bin Laden, whom they praised as a holy warrior. So when it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS, and ISIS is Hamas. And what they share in common, all militant Islamists share in common.
Boko Haram in Nigeria, Al Shabaab in Somalia, Hezbollah in Lebanon, al Nusra in Syria, the Mahdi Army in Iraq, and the Al Qaida branches in Yemen, Libya, the Philippines, India and elsewhere. Some are radical Sunnis. Some are radical Shiites. Some want to restore a pre-Medieval caliphate from the seventh century. Others want to trigger the apocalyptic return of an Imam from the ninth century.
They operate in different lands. They target different victims. And they even kill each other in their battle for supremacy, but they all share a fanatic ideology. They all seek to create ever-expanding enclaves of militant Islam where there is no freedom and no tolerance; where women are treated as cattle; Christians are decimated; and minorities are subjugated, sometimes given the stark choice: convert or die. For them, anyone can be considered an infidel, including fellow Muslims.
There’s one place where that could soon happen: the Islamic State of Iran. For 35 years, Iran has relentlessly pursued the global mission, which was set forth by its founding ruler, Ayatollah Khomeini, in these words, ”We will export our revolution to the entire world until the cry, “There is no god but Allah will echo throughout the world over.”
So don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. It’s designed for one purpose and for one purpose, only, to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb.
Allowing that to happen would pose the gravest threat to us all. It’s one thing to confront militant Islamists on pickup trucks armed with Kalashnikov rifles. It’s another thing to confront militant Islamists armed with weapons of mass destruction.
Ladies and gentlemen, would you let ISIS enrich uranium? Would you let ISIS build a heavy-water reactor? Would you let ISIS develop inter-continental ballistic missiles. Of course you wouldn’t. Then you mustn’t let the Islamic State of Iran do those things either, because here’s what’ll happen.
To defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war. Ladies and gentlemen, the fight against militant Islam is indivisible. When militant Islam succeeds anywhere, it’s emboldened everywhere. When it suffers a blow in one place, it’s set back in every place.
That’s why Israel’s fight against Hamas is not just our fight, it’s your fight. Israel is fighting a fanaticism today that your countries may be forced to fight tomorrow.
Ladies and gentlemen, we live in a world steeped in tyranny and terror, where gays are hanged from cranes in Tehran, political prisoners are executed in Gaza, young girls abducted en masse in Nigeria, and hundreds of thousands are butchered in Syria, Libya, and Iraq.
Yet nearly half, nearly half, of the UN Human Rights Council’s resolutions focusing on a single country have been directed against Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. Israel, where issues are openly debated in a boisterous parliament, where human rights are protected by the — by independent courts and where women, gays and minorities live in a genuinely free society.
In the past, outrageous lies against the Jews were the precursors to the wholesale slaughter of our people. But no more. Today, we, the Jewish people, have the power to defend ourselves. We will defend ourselves against our enemies on the battlefield. We will expose their lies against us in the court of public opinion. Israel will continue to stand proud and unbowed.
Ladies and gentlemen, despite the enormous challenges facing Israel, I believe we have a historic opportunity. After decades of seeing Israel as their enemy, leading states in the Arab world increasingly recognize that together, we and they face many of the same dangers. And principally, this means a nuclear-armed Iran and militant Islamist movements gaining ground in the Sunni world.
Ladies and gentlemen, there is a new Middle East. It presents new dangers, but also new opportunities. Israel is prepared to work with Arab partners and the international community to confront those dangers and to seize those opportunities. Together, we must recognize the global threat of militant Islam, the primacy of dismantling Iran’s nuclear weapons capability, and the indispensable role of Arab states in advancing peace with the Palestinians.
Ladies and gentlemen, let us light a torch of truth and justice to safeguard our common future. Thank you.
II Critique of speech by Americans for Safe Israel.
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the United Nations with the intention of exposing the many lies against Israel spoken by Mahmoud Abbas in his attack against the Jewish State at the United Nations last Friday. He described these lies, which don’t deserve repeating, as the function of diseased minds whose hatred of Jews has no bounds. PM Netanyahu stressed that we are NOT occupiers in our own country, citing history, archaeology, and common sense as his source. He did not mention our biblical and legal entitlements. In our opinion, this was a serious omission. Recognizing that Israel’s withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza created “threats from militant Islamists,” (he never mentioned the hardships endured by the Israelis evacuated from their homes and communities in Gush Katif/Gaza) , he insisted that, “rock solid security arrangements” would be required for further “territorial compromises” that would be necessary for “peace.”
We understand that PM Netanyahu has to walk a fine line in the diplomatic world in order to present the case for Israel; however WE STRONGLY DISAGREE with his willingness to give away more Israeli land and we know, as does any realist, that there are NO SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS THAT COULD GUARANTEE SAFETY FOR ISRAELIS. If he had cited Israel’s biblical entitlement to the land, that might have been the end of the lesson. If he used the Edmond Levy report to demonstrate Israel’s legal entitlement to the land, that might have been a good post script to the lesson. But agreeing that any peace that requires territorial compromise is a prescription for disaster for Israel.
As we enter this new year of 5775 we pray that Israel’s Prime Minister will remember the meaning of the “promised land” given to our ancestors, which centuries of dedicated Jews have sacrificed to ensure. We must continue in that tradition, treasuring the land and its protectors.
(I hope the PM reads the AFSI critique above. It points out omissions that constantly pervade Netanyahu’s usual truly magnificent delivery and the perverse thinking of virtually all the previous leaders of Israel. They have not a clue as to how they have allowed the Arabs to invent and direct the entire narrative putting the Israelis on the defensive when every historical and political fact is on the side of the Jews. Only the Jews could find a way to invariably snatch defeat from the jaws of glorious, deserved victory leaving their few friends in the world confused by their stupidity and propensity to self-destruct trying to please their enemies! It is very much like a Patty Hearst Syndrome — only this time by an entire nation, an entire misguided people.)
This evening (Oct 2, 2014) former US Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, on the Greta Van Susteren TV show, could not understand why Israel had not taken the Iran nuclear facility out of existence five years ago. It would have saved the world most of our current problems with militant Islam. The US and the European Union have failed to distinguish its friends from its enemies and what happens next, especially with the current deliberately destructive occupant in the White House, can only fill one with great foreboding. And, may Hashem help us.
Jerome S. Kaufman
PM Netanyahu, with his usual brilliance, addresses UN Sep 29, 2014:
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