tv Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield CNN October 1, 2015 9:00am-10:01am PDT
oversight over your agency. thank you for being with us. >> thank you all so much for joining us "at this hour." >> "legal view" starts right now. hurricane joaquin getting bigger and badder by the minute. the category 3 storm bearing down on the bahamas right now. and could soon be battering the united states coastline. also this hour, moscow claims it's targeting isis strongholds, but that is not where those bombs seem to be falling. a second day of russian air strikes in syria sending shockwaves across the middle east and the west. and in afghanistan, afghan fighters, backed by u.s. air fire, say they have taken back that key town from the taliban.
but the insurgents insist they are not done yet. i'm ashleigh banfield, welcome to the program. keeping a close watch on the united nations where israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is set to address the general assembly this hour, any moment, in fact, and no doubt he's probably got a lot to say in light of the latest comments from the palestinian president, as well as the iran nuclear deal, and of course these most recent russian air strikes that have happened in syria in the last 48 hours. but we're going to begin with this breaking news. that is hurricane joaquin raging as a category 3 storm, potentially headed into a category 4. right now, it is circulating over the bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. its current track, current track, puts it hauntingly close
to where hurricane sandy made landfall in 2012. new jersey's governor chris christie has just declared a state of emergency in that state. on twitter, he stressed, quote, we are prepared. i need everyone not to panic. and at a news conference just last hour, governor christie wreck niszed recognized that people there are still traumatized by the effects of hurricane sandy. i want to bring in meteorologist jennifer gray at the cnn weather center in atlanta. you know, to see that there are fears that this could be the next superstorm sandy, is that hyperbole, jennifer, or is that possible? >> i do want to say all storms are completely different, you know, and also there's still a lot of uncertainty with this storm. if you are anywhere from south carolina through the northeast, you definitely need to be keeping your eyes on it over the next couple of days. but no storm is the same. this storm right now has maximum sustained winds 125 miles per
hour, gusts up to 155. as you said, approaching the central bahamas as a category 3. we could possibly see more strengthening as we go through the next 24 hours. and then this storm is expected to weaken as we go through saturday, sunday, even into monday. the cone of uncertainty right now has it making landfall anywhere from north carolina coast all the way up to maine. that is a large area. and when you are about five days out, the storm only stays inside the cone about two-thirds of the time. there's about a 30% chance this storm could make landfall outside the cone or even stay out to sea. some of the models are still forecasting that. this has been the problem. the models are everywhere. we have forecast models making landfall. the georgia/south carolina border. we have them making landfall around the virginia border, all the way up to new york. the models are not agreeing at all. some of the models taking it out
to sea. it's too early to say exactly where the storm is going to hit. if it is going to have an impact on the u.s. at all. one thing for sure, we have this knowledge. we need to be aware, if this storm does make landfall in the mid-atlantic, we are talking about massive amounts of rain. as well as the wind. the beach erosion. that part of the country has already seen up to a foot of rain during the past seven days. and so any additional rainfall will be trouble. ashleigh, we'll stay on top of that. right up to new york and the general assembly. at the united nations. where israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu is getting ready to address this assembly. and there are a lot of assumptions as to what he is about to do. iran is usually a favorite topic. however with a coalition and a deal in the works involving five nations and the united states, that may fall by the way side, in favor of the most recent news, which is these air strikes in neighboring syria and the --
>> ladies and gentlemen -- >> let's listen in. >> i bring you greetings from jerusalem. the city in which the jewish people's hopes and prayers for peace for all of humanity have echoed throughout the ages. 31 years ago, as israel's ambassador to the united nations, i stood at this podium for the first time. i spoke that day against a resolution sponsored by iran to exp expel israel from the united nations. then as now, the u.n. was obsessively hostile towards israel. the one true democracy in the
middle east. then as now, some sought to deny the one and only jewish state a place among the nations. i ended that first speech by say saying gentlemen, check your fanaticism at the door. more than three decades later, as the prime minister of israel, i'm again privileged to speak from this podium. for me, that privilege has always come with a moral responsibility to speak the truth. so after three days of listening to world leaders praise the nuclear deal with iran, i begin my speech by saying, ladies and
gentlemen, check your enthusiasm at the door. you see, this deal doesn't make peace more likely, it makes war more likely. just look at what iran has done in the last six months alone. since the framework agreement was announced in lazan, iran boosted its supply of devastating weapons to syria. iran sent more soldiers of its revolutionary guard to syria. iran sent thousands of its fighters to syria. iran did all this to prop up assad's brutal regime. iran also shipped tons of weapons and ammunitions to the
huthy rebels in yemen. another shipment just two days ago. iran threatened to topple them. smuggling missiles to down our planes and cruise missiles to sink our ships. so it can accurately hit any target in israel. iran aided hamas and islamic jihad in building armed drones in gaza. iran also made clear its plans to open two new terror fronts against israel. promising to arm palestinians in the west bank and sending its revolutionary guard generals to the golan heights from which its operatives recently fired rockets on northern isel.
israel will continue to respond forcefully to any attacks against it from syria. israel will continue to act to prevent the transfer of strategic weapons to hezbollah from and through syrian territory. every few weeks, iran and hezbollah set up new terror cells in cities throughout the world. three such cells were recently uncovered in kuwait, jordan and cyprus. in may, security forces in cyprus raided a hezbollah agent's apartment in the city of larnaken. there they found 5 tons of ammonium nitrate. that's roughly the same amount of ammonium nitrate that was used to blow up the federal building in oklahoma city.
and that's just in one apartment in one city in one country. but iran is setting up dozens of terror cells like this around the world. ladies and gentlemen, they're setting up those terror cells in this ham mess fear too. i repeat, iran's been doing all of this, everything that i've just described, just in the last six months. when it was trying to convince the world to remove the sanctions. now, just imagine what iran will do after those sanctions have lifted. unleashed and unmuzzled. iran will go on the prowl. devouring more and more prey.
in the wake of the nuclear deal, iran is spending billions of dollars on weapons and satellites. you think iran is doing that to advance peace? you think hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and fat contracts will turn this rapacious tiger into a kitten? if you do, you should think again. in 2013, president began his charm offensive here at the, you know. two years later iran is executing more political prisoner, escalating its regional gregs agregs aggressio and rapidly expanding its global terror network. you know, they say actions speak
louder than words, but in iran's case, the words speak as loud as the actions. just listen to the deputy commander of iran's revolutionary guard kutz force. here's what he said in february, quote, the islamic revolution is not limited by geographic borders. he boasted that afghanistan, iraq, lebanon, syria, palestine and yemen are amorning the countries being, quote, conquered by the islamic republic of iran. end quote. conquered. and for those of you who believe that the deal in vienna will bring a change in iran's policy, just listen to what iran's supreme leader ayatollah
khomeini said five days after the nuclear deal was reached. quote, our policies towards the arrogant government of the united states will not change. the united states, he vowed, will continue to be iran's enemy. while giving the mullahs more money. is likely to fuel more repression inside iran. it will definitely fuel more aggression outside iran. as the leader of a country defending itself every day against iran's growing aggression, i wish i could take comfort in the claim that this deal blocks iran's path to nuclear weapons. but i can't. because it doesn't.
this deal does place several constraints on iran's nuclear program. and rightly so. because the international community recognizes that iran is so dangerous. but, you see, here's the catch. under this deal, if iran doesn't change its behavior, in fact, if it becomes even more dangerous in the years to come, the more important constraints will still be automatically lifted by year 10 and by year 15. that would place a militant islamic terror regime weeks away from having the fissile material for an entire arsenal of nuclear bombs. that just doesn't make any sense. i've said that if iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.
but this deal will treat iran like a normal country, even if it remains a country that sponsored terrorism worldwide and chants "death to israel, death to america." does anyone seriously believe that flooding a radical theocracy with weapons and cash will curb its appetite for aggression? do any of you really believe that a theocratic iran with sharper claws and sharper fangs will be more likely to change its stripes? so here's a general rule that i've learned and you must have learned in your lifetime. when bad behavior is rewarded, it only gets worse.
ladies and gentlemen, i've long said that the greatest danger facing our world is the coupling of militant islam with nuclear weapons. and i'm gravely concerned that the nuclear deal with iran will prove to be the marriage certificate of that unholy union. i know that some well-intentioned people sincerely believe that this deal is the best way to block iran's path to the bomb. but one of history's most
important yet least learned lessons is this. the best intentions don't prevent the worst outcomes. the vast majority of israelis believe that this nuclear deal with iran is a very bad deal. and what makes matters even worse is that we see a world celebrating this bad deal. rushing to embrace and do business with a regime openly committed to our destruction. last week, major general salahi, the commander, he will annihilate israel for sure.
we are glad we are in the forefront of executing the supreme leader's order to destroy israel. end quote. and as for the supreme leader himself, a few days after the nuclear deal was announced, he released his latest book. here it is. it's a 400-page screed detailing his plan to destroy the state of israel. last month, khomeini once again made his genocidal intentions clear. before iran's top clerical body. the assembly of experts. he spoke about israel. home to over 6 million jews. he pledged, quote, there will be
no israel in 25 years. end quote. 70 years after the murder of 6 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 has been absolutely nothing. utter silence. deafening silence.
perhaps you can understand why israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal. if iran's rulers were working to destroy your country, perhaps you'd be less enthusiastic about the deal. if iran's terror proxies were flying thousands of rockets at your cities, perhaps you'd be more measured in your praise.
and if this deal were unleashing a nuclear arms race in your neighborhood, perhaps you'd be more reluctant to celebrate. but don't think that iran is only a danger to israel. besides iran's aggression in the middle east and its terror around the world, iran is also building inner continental ballistic missiles whose sole purpose is to carry nuclear warheads. now, remember this, iran already has missiles that can reach israel. so those intercontinental ballistic missiles that iran is building, they're not meant for us. they're meant for you. for europe. for america. for raining down mass destruction. any time, anywhere.
ladies and gentlemen, it's not easy to oppose something that is embraced by the greatest powers in the world. believe me, it would be far easier to remain silent. but throughout our history, the jewish people have learned the heavy price of silence. and as the prime minister of the jewish state, as someone who knows that history, i refuse to be silent. [ applause ]
i'll say it again. the days when the jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over. not being passive means speaking up about those dangers. we have, we are, we will. not being passive also means defending ourselves against those dangers. we have, we are and we will. [ applause ] israel will not allow iran to
break in, to sneak in or to walk into the nuclear weapons club. [ applause ] i know that preventing iran from nuclear weapons remains the official policy of the international community. but no one should question israel's determination to defend itself against those who seek our destruction. for in every generation, there are those who rose up who destroy our people. in antiquity, we faced destruction from the ancient empires of babylon and rome. in the middle ages, we faced inquisition and expulsion. and in modern times, we faced the holocaust. yet the jewish people
persevered. and now another regime has arisen, swearing to destroy israel. that regime would be wise to consider this. i stand here today representing israel. a country 67 years young. but the nation state of a people nearly 4,000 years old. yet the empires of babylon and rome are not represented in those hall of nations. neither is the thousand year reich. those seemingly invincible empires are long gone. but israel lives! the people of israel live. [ speaking foreign language ] [ applause ]
the rebirth of israel is a testament to the indomitable spirit of my people. for generations the jewish people dreamed of returning to the land of israel. even in our darkest hours. and we had so many. even in our darkest hours, we never gave up hope of rebuilding our eternal capital jerusalem. the establishment of israel made realizing that dream possible. it has enabled us to live as a free people in our ancestral homeland. it's enabled us to embrace jews who have come from the four corners of the earth to find refuge from persecution. they came from war-torn europe. from yemen, iraq, morocco, from ethiopia and the soviet union.
from 100 other lands. and today as a rising tide of anti-semitism once again sweeps across europe and elsewhere, many jews come to israel. to join us in building the jewish future. so here's my message to the rulers of iran. your plan to destroy israel will fail! israel will not permit any force on earth to threaten its future. and here's my message to all the countries represented here. whatever resolutions you may adopt in this building, whatever decisions you may take in your capitals, israel will do whatever it must do to defend our state and to defend our
people. [ applause ] distinguished delegates, as this deal with iran moves ahead, i hope you'll enforce it. how can i put it? with a little more rigor than you showed with the six security council resolutions that iran has systemically violated, and which now have been effectively discarded. make sure that the inspectors actually inspect. make sure that the snap back sanctions actually snap back. and make sure that iran's
violations aren't swept under the persian rug. one thing i can assure you. israel will be watching. closely. what the international community now needs to do is clear. first, make iran comply with all its nuclear obligations. keep iran's feet to the fire. second, check iran's regional aggression. support and strengthen those fighting iran's aggression, beginning with israel. third, use sanctions and all the tools available to you.
to tear down iran's global terror network. ladies and gentlemen, israel is working closely with our arab peace partners to address our common security challenges from iran and also the security challenges from isis and from others. we're also working with other states in the middle east. as well as countries in africa, in asia and beyond. many in our region know that both iran and isis are our common enemies. and when your enemies fight each other, don't strengthen either one. weaken both. common dangers are clearly
bringing israel and its arab neighbors closer. and as we work together to thwart those dangers, i hope we'll build lasting partnerships, lasting partnerships for security, for prosperity and for peace. but in israel, we never forget one thing. we never forget that the most important partner that israel has has always been and will always be the united states of america. the alliance between israel and the united states is unshakable. president obama and i agree on
the need to keep arms out of the hands of iran terror proxies. we agree on the need to stop iran from destabilizing countries throughout the middle east. israel deeply appreciates president obama's willingness to bolster our security. help israel maintain its qualitative military edge. and help israel confront the enormous challenges we face. israel is grateful that this sentiment is widely shared by the american people and its representative in congress by both those who supported the deal and by those who oppose it. president obama and i have both said that our differences over the nuclear deal are a disagreement within the family.
but we have no disagreement about the need to work together to secure our common future. and what a great future it could be. israel is uniquely poised to seize the promise of the 21st century. israel is a world leader in science and technology. in cyber, software, water, agriculture, medicine, bio technology and so many other fields that are being revolutionized by israeli ingenuity and israeli innovation. israel is the innovation nation. israeli know-how is everywhere. it's in your computer's micro processors and flash drives.
it's in your smart phone. when you send instant messages and navigate your cars. when you steady nobel prize winning chemistries and economics. it's in your medicine cabinets when you use drugs to treat park son's disease and multiple sclerosis. it's even on your plate when you eat the delicious cherry tomato. that too was perfected in israel, in case you didn't know. we are so proud in israel. of the long strides our country has made in such a short time. we're so proud that our small country is making such a huge contribution to the entire world. yet the dreams of our people
enshrined for eternity by the great prophets of the bible, those dreams will be fully realized only when there is peace. as the middle east descends into chaos, israel's peace agreements with egypt and jordan are two cornerstones of stability. israel remains committed to achieving peace with the palestinians as well. israelis know the price of war. i know the price of war. i was nearly killed in battle. i lost many friends. i lost my beloved brother yoni.
those who know the price of war can best appreciate what the blessings of peace would mean for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren. i am prepared to immediately, immediately, resume direct peace negotiations with the palestinian authority without any brie conditions whatsoever. unfortunately, president abbas said yesterday he is not prepared to do this. i hope he changes his mind. because i remain committed to a vision of two states for two
peoples in which a demilitarized palestinian state recognizes the jewish state. the peace process began over two decades ago. yet despite the best efforts of six israeli prime ministers, rabin, perez, and myself, the palestinians have consistently refused to end the conflict and make a final peace with israel. and unfortunately, you heard that rejectionism yet again only yesterday. how can israel make peace with a palestinian partner who refuses to even sit at the negotiating table? israel expects the palestinian authority to abide by its commitments.
the palestinians should not walk away from peace. president abbas, i know it's not easy. i know it's hard. but we owe it to our peoples to try. to continue to try. because together, if we actually negotiate and stop negotiating, if we actually sit down and try to resolve this conflict between us, recognize each other, not use a palestinian state as a stepping stone for another dictatorship in the middle east. if we actually do that, we can do remarkable things for our people.
the u.s. can support direct unconditional negotiations between the parties. the u.n. won't help peace, certainly won't help advance peace, by try to impose solutions or by encouraging palestinian rejectionism. the u.n. distinguished delegates should do one more thing. the u.n. should finally rid itself of excessive ba ivive ba israel. here's just one exampl of this absurd obsession. in four years of horrific
violence in syria, more than a quarter of a million people have lost their lives. that's more than ten times the number of palestinians combined in a century of conflict between us. yet last year, this assembly adopted 20 resolutions against israel and just one resolution about the savage slaughter in syria. talk about injustice. talk about disproportionality. 20. count them.
frankly i'm not surprised. to borrow a line from yogi be a berra. when it comes to the annual bashing of israel at the u.n., it's deja vu all over again. enough. 31 years after i stood here for the first time. i'm still asking. when will the u.n. finally test its anti-israel fanaticism at the door? when will the u.n. finally stop slandering israel as a threat to peace? and actually start helping israel advance peace? the same question should be poised to palestinian leaders. when will you work with israel
to advance peace and reconciliation and stop inciting hatred and violence? president abbas, here's a good place to begin. stop spreading lies about israel's alleged intentions on the temple mounts. israel is fully committed to maintaining the status quo there. what president abbas should be speaking out against are the actions of militant islamists who are smuggling explosives into their al aqsa mosque trying to prevent jews and christians from visiting the holy sites. that's the real threat to these sa sacred sites. 1,000 years before the birth of christianity, more than 1,500 years before the birth of islam,
king david made jerusalem our capital. king solomon built the temple on that mount. yet israel, israel will always respect the sacred shrines of all. in a region plagued by violence and by unimaginable intolerance. in which islamic fanatics are destroying the ancient treasures of civilization. israel stands out as a towering beacon of enlightenment and tolerance. far from endangering the holy sites, it is israel that ensures their safety. because unlike the powers who have ruled jerusalem in the past, israel respects the holy sites and freedom of worship of
all, jews, muslims, christians, everyone. and that, that, ladies and gentlemen, will never change. israel will always stay true to its values. when israel's feisty parliament vigorously debates every issue under the sun. when israel's chief justice sits in her chair in our fiercely independent supreme court. when our christian community continues to grow and thrive from year to year. as christian communities are decimated elsewhere in the middle east. when a brilliant young israeli-muslim student gives her valedictorian address at one of our finest universities. and when israeli doctors and nurses, doctors and nurses from the israeli military, treat thousands of wounded from the
killing fields of syria and thousands more in the wake of natural disasters from haiti to nepal. this, this is the true face of israel. these are the values of israel. in the middle east, these values are under savage assault by militant islamists who are forcing terrified people to flee to distant shores. ten miles from isis, a few hundred yards from iran's murderous proxies, israel stands in the breach. proudly and courageously defending freedom and progress. israel is civilization's front line in the battle against barbarism. so here's a novel idea for the united nations. instead of continuing the shameful routine of bashing
israel, stand with israel. stand with israel as we check the fanaticism at our door. stand with israel as we prevent that fanaticism from reaching your door. ladies and gentlemen, stand with israel because israel is not just defending itself, more than ever, israel is defending you. [ applause ] >> on behalf of general assembly, i wish to thank prime minister of the state of israel -- >> well there is one thing you can say about a 41-minute speech by the israeli prime minister.
it is riveting. and it usually comes with props. three years ago, it was a cartoon-style bomb. today it was a book and a very long pregnant pause of silence. most of this speech was about iran and the nuclear deal. the bulk of it. he did touch on the other critical issues. isis. for only about a minute or so. the relationship with president obama and the united states. the palestinians. and the peace process in getting back to the table with conditions, preconditions or none. the syria/russia issue did not come into this speech. the reference to syria was only the history of those who have been injured or killed in that war. and then another brief reference to the current battle, recurring battle over the temple mount in jerusalem. i want to bring in some of my guests who know all too well about these speeches and their impact. i'm joined by global affairs correspondent alise abbott from cnn and also from washington,
aaron david miller distinguished scholar and veteran of mideast peace campaigns at the united states state department. first to you alise and reporting. there was a lot of speculation as to whether the prime minister would even talk about the iran deal. most assumed he would. but did anyone assume he would spend the bulk of his conversation on that? >> i think that they assumed that he would. when you saw what happened yesterday with president abbas, the raising of the palestinian flag. his address to the nation when the palestinians said they're no longer -- will abide by the oslo accords. you thought he would have started with that and kind of what we see as the news of the date. >> i thought he would have started with the syrian air strikes by russia. >> well, i mean, it is true that israel is kind of trying to take a back seat because it doesn't want this bleeding into its backyard. but i think clearly iran is the big threat to israel. it is vehemently opposed to this deal. i was with prime minister netanyahu when he gave his speech to congress. he's been vehemently trying to
have the deal rejected by congress. that effort failed. he feels that this is his last recourse. to plead to the united nations to talk about trying to -- he said, know this deal's going forward, but try to strengthen its implementation. he gave out several things. he did take a long while to talk about iran. i think with everything going on right now, the syrian crisis, the refugee crisis, everything. i think he missed maybe an opportunity to put israel -- he said it a little bit at the end, work with israel to help you. but with everything going on right now and the world crisis focused on syria, israel is doing some things. it's helping some refugees. it could help against isis. i think putting israel in that context would have helped him a little more. >> aaron david miller, if you could also just weigh in on this notion that he started this address by suggesting the united states, the u.n. is excessively hostile to israel. he asked them to check their anti-israel fanaticism at the
door. and then made this appeal to the u.n., to be on israel's side in what elise just said, making sure the implementations actually happen in this deal. i heard the applause. and then one shot showed that it was an israeli delegation giving the repeated applause. how many deaf ears are there in that room? >> this was vintage benjamin netanyahu. it was a bold articulate speech. i think in a way designed to rise above some of the current events and the current tick tock. russia, syria, even isis. i think it was a speech designed in many respects, very israeli speech. designed to parade and trumpet the dynamic resilient qualities of a rather remarkable and extraordinary state my analysis of these matters is usually pretty annoyingly negative. i have to say, i found one very curious reference to the iran
agreement, in which he said, i think, that this agreement imposes certain constraints on iraq's nuclear program. i've never heard him say that before. and i think that reflects a measure of acquiescence. not to iran. he made it very clear that was not going to be the case. but in essence to the agreement itself. the inspectors need to inspect. the snap-back sanctions need to snack back. the international community, the united states and israel, need to be vigilant. but in many respects, this was an effort, i think, to move on and to move on in partnership with president obama. we'll see if that's going to be possible. >> fascinating that you said it's an effort to move on. given the fact i think it was about 27 minutes of the entire speech was all about how wrong this agreement was. i want to bring in wolf blitzer if i can. wolf, he certainly did give that overture to president obama. saying that we have differences
in our disagreement over this deal. is leakike a disagreement betwe family members. was this enough of an overture to mend those public effects that have been desecrated over the iran deal and other issues in obama's time? >> there have been issues between the prime minister and the president over the past year, if not even longer than that. especially in recent months. especially since the prime minister came here to washington and addressed the joint meeting of the u.s. congress, made clear his strong opposition to the then opposed iran deal. now that deal has effectively been approved by the u.s. congress. at least allowed to go forward. even though the majority oppose it. it was not enough to overcome some procedural obstacles. having said that, they are going to meet in november, next month, in washington. the president has invited the prime minister to come to the white house. first time in a while. remember when he was here addressing congress, the president effectively snubbed the prime minister, did not meet
with him. and that was seen as sort of an underscoring the bitterness, the tension, that had developed between these two individuals. i think on a military to military intelligence to intelligence level, they're trying to strengthen that cooperation, strengthen that -- the historic u.s./israeli relationship. even though at the political level it's been very, very strained as a result of this iran nuclear deal. as aaron just said, the prime minister was by no means backing away from his opposition. he said it is a terrible deal. he did suggest, as you point out, that maybe if it's implemented in a proper way, if people observe it carefully, maybe some of those nuclear goals that the iranians might have could be delayed at a minimum. he's really upset about the tens of billions of dollars that will start flowing into iran. money that he said will be used to promote terrorism and of course to promote efforts to -- against israel. so he did back away from his
positions, although, as aaron says, he's trying to move forward now, at least a little bit. >> so the issues though that have been so highlighted over the last 48 hours. these russian air strikes in syria, especially on the heels of the meeting between prime minister netanyahu and russia's vladimir putin. i think there are a lot of people asking whose side is netanyahu on. when it comes to this extraordinarily complex mess next door. and i don't think we got any answers at all. certainly from this speech. there was literally no reference to what's been happening in the last 48 hours, wolf. >> well, he did say -- he did call the regime of president bashar al assad, i think he used the word butcher, the butcher, that a quarter of a million people have been killed by the assad regime over past four years. millions have been made homeless, refugees inturnally displaced, externally. we see what's going on, the
worst refugee crisis internationally now since world war ii. he was firm in going after bashar al acid. he didn't really go after the russian, what the russians are doing now, the second day of air strikes, going after various targets. we don't know what those targets are. we know what sergey lavrov, the russian foreign minister, is saying. there has been a revolution in the u.s. position. whereas bashar al assad must go was the position a few years ago. his days are numbered. now it has evolved there can be some sort of transitional period. in the end, he should go. but in the meantime, he clearly is going to stay. assad will stay as long as he's got russian support, iranian support, support from hezbollah in neighboring lebanon. he will be able to withstand what is going on, especially now that the russians have come in and are directly going after assad's opponents, whether they're isis or other opponents,
the free syrian army or others as well. it's a complicated situation, you're absolutely right. >> such a fascinating dynamic. to see a client state of russia, syria, next door. and yet these meetings between russia and israel, the one-hour tip-off yesterday to these air strikes coming not just to america but also to israel, and then radio silence on that particular issue in this speech. wolf, i know you have a lot of excellent insight with your gets coming up as well on your program. i'll let you go so you cab get ready for your start. thank you everyone for staying with us through this program and through the speech of netanyahu. stay tuned for "wolf." he starts after this break. about a biologic, this is humira. this is humira helping to relieve my pain and protect my joints from further damage. this is humira helping me reach for more. doctors have been prescribing humira for more than 10 years. humira works for many adults.
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hello, i'm wolf blitzer. it's 1:00 p.m. in washington. 7:00 p.m. in benghazi. 8:00 p.m. in damascus. wherever you're watching from around the world, thanks very much for joining us. you saw it live here on cnn just moments ago. the prime minister of israel's major address before the united nations general assembly. a fiery speech, he slammed the iran nuclear deal, telling those nations who had spoken out in favor of it, in his words, check your enthusiasm at the door. >> the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing, utter