Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose not to let President Obama’s bold allegation that Israelis were not interested in peace go unanswered in his speech Monday at the UN. “Brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country” is how Netanyahu described the remarks of previous speakers, when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
Just five days earlier, President Obama had made a shocking assertion in his role as president while speaking on the world stage. He claimed that there were “too many Israelis ready to abandon the hard work of peace.” Obama scolded: “that’s something worthy of reflection within Israel.”
Not only did President Obama not include Palestinians in this demeaning and defamatory slur, he proceeded to equate “rockets fired at innocent Israelis” with “Palestinian children taken from us in Gaza.” Not “taken from us” by Hamas who used them as human fodder in their attempted annihilation of Israel. But apparently “taken from us” by those Israelis not interested in peace.
No Israeli Prime Minister could allow such an attack to go unanswered. And so Netanyahu began his remarks by daring President Obama to distinguish between his battle against ISIS and Israel’s battle with Hamas.
Said Netanyahu: “the people of Israel pray for peace, but our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace are in danger because everywhere we look militant Islam in on the march.”
The stark contrast between the two world leaders also could not have been more clear on the subject of Iran.
President Obama spent five sentences of his 39-minute UN address on Iran, telling the world “my message to Iran’s leaders…We can reach a solution that meets your energy needs while assuring the world that your program is peaceful.”
Another brazen lie, since no one believes that Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful or has anything to do with its energy needs, which can be met into the next century by its natural resources.
Netanyahu instead pointed – yet again – to the terrifying threat of the acquisition of the world’s most dangerous weapon by the world’s most dangerous country and the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
He challenged the president, and the global community, “to disarm ISIS but leave Iran with the bomb would be to win the battle but lose the war.”
Sitting stone-faced in her seat, was the woman holding the bag on Obama’s obsequious Iran policy, America’s ambassador to the UN: Samantha Power.
Israeli Prime Minister’s message Monday came as Palestinian leaders are vying to remain the U.N.’s favorite victim amidst the headless human carcasses now piling up in Iraq, Syria, the United Kingdom, Algeria, and the United States.
No doubt, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas has something to worry about. It’s a tough sell to differentiate the Hamas partner in his unity government – an organization dedicated to the kidnapping, murder and execution of both Israelis and Palestinians en route to Islamic domination – from ISIS, Al Nusra, Al Qaeda and company.
So Israel’s “peace partner” evidently decided the way forward was not to eschew Islamic fanaticism but to embrace it.
In one of the most vitriolic speeches ever delivered by a Palestinian leader at the U.N., Abbas accused Israel on Friday, September 26 of “genocide,” of practicing “an abhorrent form of apartheid,” and of “state terrorism.” He analogized Israelis to Nazis with Palestinians living in “ghettos” and claimed the rise of ISIS was Israel’s fault since Israel was a “source of terrorism” and a “breeding ground for incitement…”
Netanyahu called the assertions something derived from “the moral universe” of “a man who wrote a dissertation of lies about the Holocaust and who insists on a Palestine free of Jews.”
Unfortunately, plain talk at the U.N. is as unwelcome as it is unusual.
Even more unfortunate is a president of the United States who sounds warmer when talking about Iran than about Israel.
Anne Bayefsky is director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust. Follow her on Twitter @AnneBayefsky.