tv Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu U.N. Assembly Address CSPAN October 4, 2014 10:25am-11:01am EDT
here from jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of israel. i have come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we seek. i have 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 gentlemen, the people of israel pray for peace. our hopes and the world's hopes for peace are in danger because everywhere we look militant islam is on the march.
it is not militants, it is not islam, it is militant islam. typically, its first victims are other muslims but it spares no one. christians, jews, yazidis, kurds -- no creed, no faith, no ethnic group is beyond its sights. it is rapidly spreading in all parts 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. that threat might seem exaggerated to some since it
starts out small like a cancer that attacks a particular part of the body. 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 is too late. last week, many of the countries represented here applauded president obama for leading the effort to confront isis. weeks before, some of these same countries, the same countries that now support confronting isis opposed israel for confronting hamas.
they evidently do not understand that isis and hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree. isis and hamas share a creed which they both seek to impose well beyond the territory under their control. listen to what isis self-declared -- this is what he said. "a day will soon, 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 idle of democracy." listen to the leader of hamas. he proclaims a similar vision to the future. we says 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, their 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. that is why its supporters wildly cheered in the streets of gaza as thousands of americans were murdered in 9/11. that's why its leaders condemns the united states for killing osama bin laden who they praised as a holy warrior. when it comes further ultimate goals, hamas is isis and isis is hamas. what they share in common all militant islamists share in common. in nigeria, in somalia, in lebanon, in syria, in iraq, and the branches in yemen, libya,
the philippines, india and elsewhere. some are radical sunnis. some are radical shiites. some want to restore the pre-medieval caliphate from the seventh century. others want to trigger the apocalyptic return from the ninth century. they'd operate in different lands. they target different victims. 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, minorities are subjugated sometimes given the choice of converting or dying.
for them, anyone can be considered an infidel, including fellow muslims. ladies and gentlemen, militant islam's ambition to dominate the world seems mad, but so too did the global ambitions of another fanatic ideology that came into power eight decades ago. the nazis believed in a master race. the militants believe in a master faith. they just disagree hew among them will be the master of the master faith. that is what they truly disagree about. therefore, the question before us is whether militant islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions.
there is 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 in these words -- "we will export our revolution to the entire world until the cries there is no doubt that allah will echo around the world over." ever since, the regime's brutal enforcers, iran's revolutionary guards have done exactly that. listen to its current commander. he clearly stated his goal. he said, "it cannot limit the islamic revolution to this country.
our duty is to prepare for the way for an islamic world government." iran's president stood here last week and shed crocodile tears over what he called the globalization of terrorism. maybe he should spare us those phony tears and have a word instead of with the commanders of iran's revolutionary guards. he could ask them to call off the global attempts which is included attacks in two dozen countries on five continents since 2011 alone. to say that iran does not practice terrorism is like saying derek jeter never played shortstop for the new york yankees. this is bemoaning by the iranian president of the spread of terrorism has got to be one of
history's greatest displays of doublecross. now, some argue that iran's global terror campaign, it's a version of countries throughout the middle east and beyond -- some argue this is the work of the extremists. they say -- they point to last year's election in iran. they claim that iran's smooth-talking president and foreign minister -- they have changed not only the tone of iran's foreign policy but also its substance. they believe they want to reconcile with the west that they have abandoned the global mission of the islamic revolution. really? let's look at what the foreign minister wrote in his book just
a few years ago. we have a fundamental problem with the west and especially with america. this is because we are heirs too will global mission which is tied to our detriment. a global mission which is tied to our very reason for being. he asks a question, an interesting one. he says, how come malaysia -- he is referring to an overwhelmingly muslim country -- how come malaysia does not have similar problems? he answers -- because malaysia is not trying to change the international order. that is your moderate. do not be fooled by iran's manipulative charm defenses. it is designed for one purpose only.
to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to iran's path to the bomb. the islamic republic is now trying to bamboozle its way into an agreement that will remove the sanctions it still faces and leave it with a capacity of thousands of refugees -- centrifuges to enrich uranium. this would effectively cement iran's place as a threshold military nuclear power. in the future, in the time of its choosing, iran, the world's most dangerous regime in the world's most dangerous region would obtain the world's most dangerous weapons. allowing that to happen would pose the gravest threats to us all.
it is one thing to confront militant islamists on pickup trucks armed with rifles. it is another thing to confront militant islamists armed with weapons of mass destruction. i remember everyone here last year and was concerned about the chemical weapons in syria, including the possibility they would fall into the hands of terrorists. while that did not happen and president obama deserves great credit for leading the diplomatic efforts to dismantle virtually all of syria's chemical weapons capability, imagine how much more dangerous the islamic state, isis, would be if it possessed chemical weapons? now imagine how much more dangerous the islamic state of iran would be if it possessed nuclear weapons.
ladies and gentlemen, would you let isis enrich uranium? would you let isis build a heavy water reactor? would you let isis develop intercontinental ballistic missiles? of course, you wouldn't. then, you must not let the islamic state of iran do those things either because this is what will happen -- once iran produces atomic bombs, all the charms and all the smiles will suddenly disappear, they will vanish. it is then that the ayatollahs who show their true face and unleash their aggressive fanaticism on the entire world. there was only one responsible course of action to address this threat. iran's nuclear military
capabilities must be fully dismantled. [applause] make no mistake, isis must be defeated. but, to defeat isis and leave iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war. [applause] 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 is emboldened everywhere. when it suffers a blow in one place, it is set back in every place. that is why israel's fight against hamas is not just our fight, it is your fight. israel is fighting a fanaticism today that your countries may be forced to fight tomorrow. for 50 days this past summer, hamas fired thousands of rockets at israel. many of them surprised by iran. i want you to think about what you're countries would do if thousands of rockets were fired at your cities. imagine millions of your citizens having seconds at most to scramble to bomb shelters a day after day. you would not let terrorists to
fire rockets at your cities with impunity nor would you let terrorists did dozens of tunnels under your borders to infiltrate your towns in order to murder and kidnap your citizens. israel justly defended itself against both rocket attacks and terror tunnels. [applause] yet, israel faced another challenge. we faced a propaganda war because in an attempt to win the world sympathy, hamas cynically used palestinian civilians as human shields. it used schools, not just schools, u.n. schools, private homes, mosques, even hospitals to store and fire rockets at israel. as israel surgically struck at the rocket launches and the tunnels, palestinian civilians were tragically but unintentionally killed.
there are heart wrenching images. these fueled libelous charges that israel was deliberately targeting civilians. we were not. we deeply regret every single civilian casualty. the truth is this -- israel was doing everything to minimize palestinian civilian casualties. hamas was doing everything to maximize that. israel dropped flyers, made phone calls, sent text messages, broadcast warnings in arabic on palestinian television to enable palestinian civilians to evacuate targeted areas. no other country and no other army in history has gone to greater lengths to avoid casualties among the civilian population of their enemy. [applause]
this concern for palestinian lives was all the more remarkable given that israeli civilians were being bombarded by rockets a day after day, night after night. as their families were being rocketed by hamas, israel's citizen army, the brave soldiers, our young boys and girls, they upheld the highest moral values of any army in the world. [applause] israel's soldiers deserve not condemnation but admiration, admiration from decent people everywhere. [applause] here is what hamas did. hamas embedded its missile
batteries in residential areas and told palestinians to it nor israel's warnings. just in case people did not get the message, they executed palestinian civilians in gaza who dared to protest. no less reprehensible -- hamas deliberately placed its rockets where palestinian children lived and played. let me show you a photograph. that was taken by a france 24 crew during the recent conflict. it shows two hamas rocket launchers which were used to attack us. you can see three children playing next to them. hamas deliberately put its rockets in hundreds of residential areas like this.
hundreds of them. ladies and gentlemen, this is a war crime. i say to the president, these are the crimes, the war crimes committed by your hamas partners and the national unity government which you head and you are responsible for. these are the real war crimes you should've investigated or spoken out against in this podium last week. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, as israel's children huddle in bonn shelters and israel's iron dome defense knocked the rockets out of the sky, a profound moral difference between israel and hamas could not been clearer.
israel was using its missiles to protect its children. hamas was using its children to protect its missiles. [applause] by investigating israel rather than hamas for war crimes, but the u.n. human rights council has betrayed its mission to protect the innocent. in fact, what it is doing is to return the laws of war upside down. israel which turned unprecedented steps to minimize civilian casualties, israel is condemned. hamas which both targeted and hid behind civilians, a double war crime, hamas is given a pass. the human rights council is sending a clear message to terrorists everywhere. use of civilians as a human shield. use them again and again and again. you know why? because, sadly, it works.
by granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the u.n. human rights council has thus become a terrorist rights council. it will have repercussions. it probably already has. about the use of civilians as human shields. it is not just our interests, our values that are under attack. it is your interests and your values. ladies and gentlemen, we live in a world with tyranny and terror. in tehran. political prisoners in gaza. young girls abducted in nigeria and hundreds of thousands butchered in syria and iraq. yet, nearly half of the u.n. human rights council's revolutions focusing on a single country have been directed against israel, the one true democracy in the middle east.
israel were issues are openly debated in the parliament. where human rights are protected by independent courts and where women, gays, and minorities live in a genuinely free society. the u.n. human rights -- it is an oxymoron. i will use it just the same. the council's bias treatment of israel is only one manifestation of the return of one of the world's oldest prejudices. we hear mobs today in europe call for the gassing of jews. we hear some national leaders compare israel to the nazis. this is not a function of israel's policies, it is a function of diseased minds. that disease has a name.
it is called anti-semitism. is now spreading in polite society where it masquerades as legitimate criticism of israel. for centuries, the jewish people have been demonized with charges of the deicide. today, the jewish state is demonized with the apartheid libel. and charges of genocide. genocide. in what moral universe does genocide include warning the enemy civilian population to get out of harms way or ensuring that the receive tons of humanitarian aid each day even as thousands of rockets are being fired at us. or setting up a field hospital to aid their wounded? it's the same universe where a man who wrote a dissertation of lies about the holocaust and who
insists on a palestine free of jews can stand at this podium and shamelessly accuse israel of genocide and ethnic cleansing. in the past, outrageous lies against the jews was the precursors to the whole slaughter of our people. no more. today, 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. [applause]
ladies and gentlemen, despite the enormous challenges facing israel, i believe we have a historic opportunity. after decades of seeing israel as the 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 islamists movements gaining ground in the sunni world. our challenges to transform these common interests, to create a productive partnership, one that would build a more secure, peaceful and prosperous middle east.
together we can strengthen regional security, we can advance projects of water and agriculture and transportation and health and energy and so many fields. i believe a partnership between us can also help facilitate peace between israel and the palestinians. now, many have long assumed that an israeli-palestinian peace can help facilitate a broader partnership between israel and the arab world. these days, i think it may work the other way around. mainly, a broader partnership between israel and the arab world would help facilitate an israeli-palestinian peace. therefore, to achieve that peace, we must look not only to jerusalem and ramallah but also to cairo, abu dhabi and elsewhere.
i believe peace can be realized with the active involvement of arab countries, those that are willing to provide political, material and other indispensable support. i am ready to make a a historic compromise. not because israel occupies a foreign land. the people live israel are not occupiers in the land of israel. history, archaeology and common sense all make clear that we have had a singular attachment to this land for over 3000 years. i want peace because i want to great a better future for my people. it must be a genuine peace. one that is anchored in mutual recognition and enduring security arrangements, rocksolid security arrangements on the ground.
israel withdraws from lebanon and gaza created enclaves on our borders for which tens of thousands of rockets have been fired at israel. these sobering experiences heightens israel's security concerns regarding concessions in the future. though security concerns are even greater today. just look around you. the middle east is in chaos. states are disintegrating. militant islamists are filling the void. israel cannot have territories for which it withdraws taken over by islamic militants yet again as happened in gaza and lebanon. that would place the rights of isis within a few miles of 80% of our population. think about that. the distance between the 1967
lines in the suburbs of tel aviv is like the distance between the u.n. building here and time square. israel is a tiny country. that is why in a peace agreement that would obviously this is a take a territorial compromise, i will always insists that israel be able to defend itself by itself against any threat. [applause] yet, despite everything that has happened, some still do not take israel's security concerns seriously. i do and i always will. [applause] because, as prime minister of israel, i am entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring the future of the jewish people and the future of the jewish state.
no matter what pressure is brought to bear, i will never waver in fulfilling that responsibility. [applause] i believe with a fresh approach for our neighbors, we can advance peace despite the difficulties we face. in israel we have a record of making the impossible possible. we have made a desolate land flourish. with very few natural resources, we have used the fertile minds of our people to return israel into a global center of technology and innovation. peace would enable israel to realize its full potential and to bring a promising future not
only for our people, not only for the palestinian people, but for many, many others in our region. the old template for peace must be updated. it must take into account new realities and new roles and responsibilities for our arab neighbors. ladies and gentlemen, there is a new middle east. it presents new dangers but also new opportunities. israel's 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. dismantling iran's nuclear weapons capabilities and the indispensable role of arab states in advancing peace with the palestinians. all of this may fly in the face of conventional wisdom but it is the truth. the truth must always be spoken, especially here in the united nations.
[applause] isaiah, the great prophet of peace, taught us nearly 3000 years ago in jerusalem to speak truth to power. [speaking hebrew] for the sake of zion, i will not be silent. for the sake of jerusalem, i will not be still. until the justice shines bright and our salvation glows like a flaming torch. ladies and gentlemen, let us light a torch of truth and justice to safeguard our common future.
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