Friday, September 23, 2016

Netanyahu: Change is coming to the UN - Arutz Sheva Staff

by Arutz Sheva Staff

'Lay down your arms - the war against Israel at the United nations has ended.' Prime Minister invites Abbas to address Israeli Knesset.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan on Thursday, minutes after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas spoke at the international body, accusing Israel of “executing” Arabs and undermining the peace process.

“What I’m about to say will shock you,” said Netanyahu, “Israel has a bright future in the UN.”
While offering this optimistic appraisal of Israel’s future in the United Nations, the Prime Minister also noted a litany of biases in the international body against the Jewish state.

"Now, I know that hearing that from me must surely come as a surprise, because year after year I've stood at this very podium and slammed the UN for its obsessive bias against Israel. And the UN deserved every scathing word. For the disgrace of the General Assembly, that last year passed 20 resolutions against the democratic State of Israel, and a grand total of three resolutions against all the other countries on the planet. Israel: 20, rest of the world: 3.

And what about the joke of the UN Human Rights Council, which each year condemns Israel more than all the countries of the world combined? As women are being systematically raped, murdered, and sold into slavery across the world, which is the only country that the UN's Commission chose to condemn this year? Yep, you guessed it, Israel. Israel, where women fly fighter jets, lead major corporations, head universities, preside - twice - over the Supreme Court, and have served as Speaker of the Knesset and Prime Mininster."

Nevertheless, Netanyahu emphasized that a change in the United Nations’ behavior towards Israel was inevitable, and would come in the near future.

"You probably think 'nothing will ever change, right?' Well think again. Everything will change, and a lot sooner than you think. The change will happen in this hall because back home your governments are rapidly changing their attitudes towards Israel. And sooner or later, that's going to change the way you vote on Israel at the UN."

“Lay down your arms - the war against Israel at the United nations has ended.”

Netanyahu also responded directly to claims made by Abbas just minutes prior to his own address, in which the Palestinian Authority leader accused Israel of “destroying” any chance for a peace agreement through the expansion of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

“This conflict is not about the settlements, it never was,” Netanyahu said. “The issue of settlements is a real one, which must and can be resolved in final status negotiations.”

Arutz Sheva Staff


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