Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an impassioned speech at the United Nations Monday, railing against Iran and petitioning for dialogue between Arab and Israeli leaders for peace in the region. Netanyahu also made it clear that he sees “no difference” between the Islamic State group, Hamas and Iran.
“When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” he said. “[They] are branches of the same poisonous tree. They share the same fanatical creed.”
Netanyahu also had strong words for the United Nations Human Rights Council after Israel’s military campaign in Gaza this summer. He called the UNHCR an “oxymoron,” and said “the UNHCR has betrayed its noble mission to protect the innocent. The Human Rights Council has become the Terrorist Rights Council.”
Netanyahu accused Iranian President Hassan Rouhani of insincerity in his insistence that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful in his own United Nations address last week. Rouhani blamed Islamic extremism on the West, calling it “the offspring of yesterday’s colonialism,” but did not specify any particular government in his accusations.
“Saying Iran is not engaged in terrorism is like saying Derek Jeter never played shortstop for the New York Yankees,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu also warned against the rise of anti-Semitism in the Middle East and Europe, calling it a “function of diseased minds."
He finished his speech with an offer to talk with Arab leaders, appealing in the name of security and economic betterment. He admitted that a peace between Palestinians and Israelis would "obviously necessitate a territorial compromise."
"Some people say peace between Israel and Palestinians would lead to peace between Israel and the Arab world, but I say a peace between Israel and the Arab would would lead to peace between Israel and Palestine," he said.
During his speech, soundbites were also added to his Twitter account:
We will defend ourselves on the battlefield, expose their lies against us in the court of public opinion.
â€” PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) September 29, 2014
Allowing Iran to reach nuclear capabilities will pose the greatest threat to us all.
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) September 29, 2014