Brain Bush’s Blog

Netanyahu's Response

  • By : Brian Bush
  • September 30, 2014
  • 6:00 pm

Hello Everyone,

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the podium at the UN's General Assembly. He's been privileged to speak from there several times now in his political career.

His direct message was that a nuclear Iran is more of a threat to the world than Islamic State (IS).

Mr. Netanyahu also took the opportunity to respond to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's speech given earlier in the Assembly to make his point that world leaders should not be condemning Israel in it's recent conflict against Hamas militants in Gaza, saying Hamas and IS were “branches of the same poisonous tree”.

Netanyahu again (third time in four UN speeches) used his now famous props – pointing out Hamas fighters had used children as human shields in areas where it was firing rockets into Israel.

He also compared Hamas to the Nazis, and characterized the UN Human Rights Council as a “terrorist rights council”

The Israeli press said that the Prime Minister was not at his worst, but believes his speech didn't work in many ways, sounding stale – with one commentator labeling it as 'retro'.

The hot topics today have been Mr. Netanyahu using the New York Yankees veteran shortstop Derek Jeter in an analogy of Iran, and for “throwing a dry bone” to Israel's Arab neighbors essentially saying come back to me with a new peace proposal.

The Palestinian response was direct, with PLO Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi calling Mr. Netanyahu's speech was “a blatant manipulation of facts” and a delivering of “hate language, slander and argument of obfuscation”.

She went on to say that Netanyahu refuses “to acknowledge the fact of the occupation itself or the actions of the Israeli army of occupation in committing massacres and war crimes”.

She made the case that Mr. Netanyahu had turned to the Arab world instead of accepting at two-state solution at the pre-1967 lines to buy “more time to create facts that will destroy the chances of peace for the foreseeable future.”

In a press conference US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki disagreed with Mr. Netanyahu's assessment on several points, including the handling of the Iranian Nuclear negotiations, the comparison of Hamas and Islamic State, and Netanyahu's description of the UN Human Rights Council.

Perhaps the Prime Minister was doing what he knows best; speaking confidently, ideally, capturing the headlines… and being as one Israeli media source said:

“Vintage Bibi”.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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