Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a rebuke to the international community for failing to confront Iran over its threats to destroy Israel. To the room full of delegates, he declared, “Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, to 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.” He then proceeded to stand in silence, staring at the audience for 45 seconds. He continued, “Perhaps you can now 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.” The Israeli prime minister proclaimed that Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei “made his genocidal intentions clear” when only a month ago he declared, “There will be no Israel in 25 years.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s opposition to the Iran deal reached in July. He said, “We see a world celebrating this bad deal, rushing to embrace and do business with a regime openly committed to our destruction.” He reminded the international community of Iran’s continued support for terrorism around the globe, the regional destruction it sows through its proxy groups, and the egregious human rights violations it commits against its citizens. He reminded the global powers of their failure to enforce the six previous UN Security Council Resolutions imposed on Iran that it continuously violated and admonished the global powers to enforce the recently-inked deal. He advised, “Keep Iran’s feet to the fire . . . And make sure that Iran’s violations aren’t swept under the Persian rug.”
The Israeli leader also warned about the dangers of Iran’s nefarious uses of the sanctions relief it is slated to receive as part of the nuclear deal: buying weapons, developing satellites (as part of missile programs), and supporting its regional terrorist proxies. He asked, “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?”
The assailants reportedly shot multiple times from at least two weapons, a rifle and a handgun, before speeding away in their car, which was later abandoned. The Times of Israel reported that four children were also in the car but were unhurt.
Reports are emerging of clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in the area.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon criticized Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for using “inflammatory rhetoric” regarding the Temple Mount, the holiest cite in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam. Abbas proclaimed in a speech two weeks ago that Jews would not be allowed to defile holy sites in Jerusalem with their “filthy feet,” and blessed “every drop of blood … spilled for Jerusalem.” (via TheTower.org)