Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks about a photograph as he addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 29, 2014. (Reuters / Brendan McDermid)
Bigger than the Islamic State threat – Iran and its nuclear program yet again haunted Benjamin Netanyahu’s address at the UN General Assembly. The Israeli PM also has photo-proof with him of Hamas using Palestinian civilians as human shields.
“Make no mistake – ISIS (Islamic State) must be defeated. But to defeat ISIS and leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power is to win the battle and lose the war,” Netanyahu said at the UN headquarters in New York.
“Iran’s nuclear military capabilities must be fully dismantled,” he added.
As for Tehran’s recent “charm offensive” for the West, its true purpose is to see the international sanctions lifted “and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the [nuclear] bomb,” the prime minister stressed.
Netanyahu called Iran’s concern about the spread of terrorism – earlier voiced by President Hassan Rouhani, from the same lectern – “one of history’s greatest displays of doubletalk.”
He also slammed the countries, which now fully back US-led airstrikes against ISIS, but used to criticize Israel for their war against Hamas in Palestine.
The PM stressed that Islamic radicals from ISIS and Hamas share the same task “of imposing militant Islam on the world.”
“Hamas’s immediate goal is to destroy Israel, but it has a broader objective. When it comes to its ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS, and ISIS is Hamas,”he said.
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