I just heard Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly. The full transcript is here.
It was a powerful, no-nonsense statement of the unvarnished truth. Israel is committed to negotiating peace. The Palestinian leadership and a sizeable portion (possibly the majority) of the Palestinian people are committed to the elimination of Israel.
“Moderate” leader Abbas said so this week. Not at the UN, where he blamed Israel for, well, everything. But earlier that day, here.
“They talk to us about the Jewish state, but I respond to them with a final answer: We shall not recognize a Jewish state,” Abbas said in a meeting with some 200 senior representatives of the Palestinian community in the US, shortly before taking the podium and delivering a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.”
There you have it. His “final answer”. One wonders what his final solution might be?
Here is Netanyahu:
President Abbas just said on this podium that the Palestinians are armed only with their hopes and dreams. Yeah, hopes, dreams and 10,000 missiles and Grad rockets supplied by Iran, not to mention the river of lethal weapons now flowing into Gaza from the Sinai, from Libya, and from elsewhere.
Thousands of missiles have already rained down on our cities. So you might understand that, given all this, Israelis rightly ask: What’s to prevent this from happening again in the West Bank? See, most of our major cities in the south of the country are within a few dozen kilometers from Gaza. But in the center of the country, opposite the West Bank, our cities are a few hundred meters or at most a few kilometers away from the edge of the West Bank.
So I want to ask you. Would any of you — would any of you bring danger so close to your cities, to your families? Would you act so recklessly with the lives of your citizens? Israel is prepared to have a Palestinian state in the West Bank, but we’re not prepared to have another Gaza there. And that’s why we need to have real security arrangements, which the Palestinians simply refuse to negotiate with us.
Israel has negotiated peace treaties, and yielded territory, to Arab states. Abbas has never negotiated peace with anyone…except Hamas (see below: “Moderate Terrorists Make Peace”). So who are you going to believe?
The UN’s answer seems clear: ANYONE BUT THE JEW!