Monday, Sept 28th, 2009
In a speech before the UN General Assembly on September 24, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invoked the Nazi holocaust to launch a blistering attack on Iran and Hamas. Netanyahu said that 62 years ago, the UN recognized the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own in Israel, which he emphasized is a “Jewish state.”
Netanyahu told the General Assembly, minus the delegation of Iran, which had walked out prior to his arrival, that the previous day the president of Iran “spewed anti-Semitic rants.” Netanyahu produced copies of the Nazi minutes from the Wansee meeting which outlined how the Nazi government would carry out the extermination of the Jewish people. He also held up the concentration camp plans for the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp that were signed by Heinrich Himmler.
Thanking those delegations that walked out on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech, Netanyahu criticized those who gave the Iranian leader a hearing, declaring, “Have you no shame, no decency? What a disgrace!” Netanyahu added that delegations that listened to Ahmadinejad were making “a mockery of the UN Charter.”
The Israeli leader proceeded to blame Iran and its “offshoots” for sponsoring terrorist attacks on “Muslims and Christians, Jews and Hindus.” He added that the greatest threat facing the world body is religious fundamentalism and nuclear proliferation. Netanyahu said the “jury is still out on the UN.”
Most of Netanyahu’s speech was directed at Iran’s government, which he called the “tyrants of Tehran.” He said the “dictatorship stole an election in broad daylight.” Netanyahu charged Iran with trying to overthrow the “world order.”
Netanyahu also scorned the Human Rights Council report on the Gaza invasion, saying the UN Human Rights Council is “a misnamed institution if there ever was one.” The Goldstone report said Israel carried out war crimes in its invasion of Gaza. Netanyahu said the UN has been in “free fall” ever since its 1975 resolution equating Zionism with racism. Netanyahu called on the UN to reject the Goldstone report.
Netanyahu defended Israel’s actions in Gaza by equating them with the Allied bombing of Germany after the Nazis launched rockets on British cities. He said the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to the dock as war criminals. Netanyahu said that Israel’s invasion of Gaza was humanitarian since the Israelis dropped more leaflets than anyone could imagine and sent text messages and made cell phone calls to Gazans warning them to clear out of civilian areas that Netanyahu said were used by Hamas to rocket Israel. Netanyahu also charged Hamas with using ambulances to transport missiles.
Netanyahu quoted the Jewish prophet Isaiah and said he walked the hills of Judea, now the West Bank, which Netanyahu called “my country, our homeland.” Netanyahu declared that any Palestinian state would not have the normal powers usually held by a sovereign state, including a military force.
This article was posted: Monday, September 28, 2009 at 3:55 am