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At UN, Bibi Slams Threats, Offers Hope

Following speeches by both Iran's President and Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a fiery and heartfelt speech to the United Nations General Assembly today, which can be watched above in its entirety. The Times of Israel reports on how Netanyahu's speech both attacked the many who continue to threaten Israel's existence and question its validity, while also offering hope that the world's feeling toward the Jewish state are changing:

Netanyahu began his speech at the UNGA by enthusiastically declaring that “Israel has a bright future at the UN,” before launching into a scathing attack against the agency and its bodies for their alleged anti-Israel bias.

“Year after year, I’ve stood at this podium and slammed the UN for its obsessive bias against Israel and the UN deserved every scathing word,” he said...

The prime minister insisted that peace talks should resume though direct contact, telling Abbas that he is invited to speak “to Israeli people in the Knesset in Jerusalem” and that he “would gladly come to speak [at] the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah.”

“You have a choice to make,” he said, still addressing Abbas, who had spoken in the plenum only minutes before. “You can continue to stoke hatred, as you did today. Or you can confront hatred and work with me to establish peace between our two nations.”

Reiterating that he remains committed to a vision of peace based on two states for two people,” Netanyahu said that “Israel is ready to negotiate all final status issues.”

“One thing I never negotiate is our right to the one, only Jewish state,” Netanyahu said to some sustained applause...

In his wide-ranging speech before the UNGA, Netanyahu also promised to never let Iran develop nuclear weapons — “not now, not in a decade, not ever” — generating applause.

Iran, he continued, is the greatest threat to Israel, to the region and to the world...

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