Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been a vocal opponent of the Iran Nuclear deal. In fact, he was one of the first politicians to denounce the historic deal and call it a “mistake of historic proportions.”
His paranoia regarding Iran and Middle East’s defense programs is nothing new. Therefore, it did not come as a surprise to anyone when he devoted a bulk of his 43-minute long speech at the United Nations General Assembly, to discuss – or rather criticize – the deal between Iran and major world powers aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program.
Addressing the yearly gathering of world leaders, Netanyahu said that he is prepared to hold direct talks with the Palestinians with no preconditions. However, he also warned that Iran remains a threat to nations far outside the Middle East. He believes that the deal heightens the potential for war instead of lessening it.
“Israel will not allow Iran to break in, sneak in or walk into the nuclear weapons club,” he declared – rather hypocritically – suggesting that a military option is still available to Israel.
At one point in his speech, the prime minister theatrically glared at the half-filled hall for nearly a minute, wordlessly berating the U.N. for its “deafening silence” over Iran’s recent threats to annihilate Israel.
“I refuse to be silent,” he declared at the conclusion of his silent gimmick. “The days when the Jewish people remain passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over.”
Although Bibi did not name any countries, he claimed that Israel is working closely with some Arab countries to address their “common security challenges from Iran and also the security challenges from ISIL (Islamic State) and others.”
He further said that Iran is financing dozens of terror cells around the world and that it will not morph from a “rapacious tiger into a kitten.” Once the sanctions are lifted, “an unleashed and un muzzled Iran will go on the prowl, devouring more and more prey,” he added.
Taking his usual theatrics a step further, Netanyahu held a book by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and called it a detailed plan for the destruction of Israel in 25 years' time.
“Seventy years after the murder of 6 million Jews, Iran's rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my people, and the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing” he said.
Netanyahu also warned, “When bad behavior is rewarded, it only gets worse.” Although he was talking about Iran, his words ironically apply more aptly to the U.S. coddling of Israel.
However, as far as his speech at the U.N. goes, the Israeli Prime Minister appears to have been fighting a war he has already lost. It stank of desperation and made Israel look irrelevant – and even more out of step than usual – in a world that has overwhelmingly welcomed the nuclear agreement with Iran.
Watch Netanyahu’s dramatically menacing 45-second long stare-down in the video posted above.