Today Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel spoke in front of the United Nations on this and other subjects. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Every year it seems Bibi gets in front of the general assembly, calls them out on their bullshit, presents facts, and as usual the United Nations pretends to care, seems like its listening and then proceeds to ignore everything he says. So at this point, I’m asking myself, what is the point? Every year Bibi gives a fantastic speech, a brave and bold speech, and every year its the same result.
Benjamin Netanyahu began his speech by saying that he has come from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of his people. And as per usual he addresses the lies that come from people who came to the podium before him. Those are the people who stood where Bibi stood and delivered a message of hate and condemnation against Israel and its brave men and women. Peace he said, and our hope for it, is in danger, “Because everywhere we look militant Islam is on the march.” It is not just militants or just Islam. Netanyahu makes the point that it is specifically militant Islam. He explains that the very first victims of militant Islam are Muslims and it spares no one. He adds that this is a global issue, and its politics are not local, like the American saying.
He then went on to compare the Islamic State to cancer, spreading and attacking parts of the world just like a cancer would attack parts of the body.
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, the 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.
Hamas, ISIS, Fatah, Jihad, Al Queda, Hezbollah, whatever, are all terrorist organizations with similar goals and plans, some are more active than others, and some are more outspoken than others, but at the end of the day they are all terrorist organizations. Netanyahu is right in drawing parallels between ISIS and Hamas. If one terrorist organization needs to be wiped out, then they all do. The world cannot pick and choose which terrorist organizations it likes the most or the least. ISIS and Hamas and these Militant Islams all want the same thing, the destruction of the west.
Another excellent point the Prime Minister brought up is that, “For them, anyone can be an infidel, including fellow Muslims.” Netaynahu also draws a comparison between another twisted ideology, Nazism, “The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith. They just disagree about who among them will be the master… of the master faith. That’s what they truly disagree about. Therefore, the question before us is whether militant Islam will have the power to realize its unbridled ambitions.”
Next came the expected talk about the dangers of a nuclear Iran. He reiterated earlier points that a nuclear Iran would be a huge danger not only to Israel, but to the world.
Israel is fighting the fight today that the world may be forced to fight tomorrow. Benjamin Netanyahu continued his speech, with some applause onto the 50 days this past summer where Hamas fired rockets into Israel. He asks the members listening to imagine if it were their country and their people being attacked by rockets with seconds to get to a bomb shelters. No one would stand for that, nor would they stand for those terror tunnels, or kidnap their citizens. Israel, as Netanyahu reiterated has a right to defend itself against Hamas. Applause was heard and the Prime Minister added:
Yet Israel also faced another challenge. We faced a propaganda war. Because, in an attempt to win the world’s sympathy, Hamas cynically used Palestinian civilians as human shields. It used schools, not just schools – UN schools, private homes, mosques, even hospitals to store and fire rockets at Israel.
As Israel surgically struck at the rocket launchers and at the tunnels, Palestinian civilians were tragically but unintentionally killed. There are heartrending images that resulted, and these fueled libelous charges that Israel was deliberately targeting civilians.
Of course Israel does not target civilians, pointing out Hamas human shield use, and constantly does all it can to minimize casualties, while Hamas likes to maximize them. Here Netanyahu reiterated a lot of the points he has made in the past about the measures Israel takes to minimize civilian casualties, leaflets, phone calls, texts, etc. He also talks more about the Human Rights council and what it has or hasn’t done and touched on the rights of the Jewish people to defend themselves, the idiocy of Israel returning to the 67 borders and more. His full speech can be read here or watched here.
Sadly, as per usual, his words of wisdom and his warnings fall on deaf ears., sure the UN is determined to wipe out ISIS now that they’ve exposed themselves for the cruel monsters they are, but what about Hamas? What about Iran? Every year Benjamin Netanyahu comes to the United Nations and gives a similar speech and every year it means less and less because as soon as the next Gaza war hits, and you can bet it will hit again soon, the world will once again be up in arms calling Israel lots of colorful names, and condemning it as the worst thing in the world since Nazi Germany. Its just a sad fact of life.
The Prime Minister ended his speech with the following words:
For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent.
For the sake of Jerusalem, I will not be still.
Until her justice shines bright, And her salvation glows like a flaming torch.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Let’s light a torch of truth and justice to safeguard our common future.
Eloquent and brilliant as always Benjamin Netanyahu shows us that there are people in the world ready to speak out the truth and who are unafraid to stand up for freedom, for themselves, and for the world.