PM Netanyahu Responds to
Rouhani's Speech to the UN General Assembly
(Communicated by the Prime
Minister's Media Adviser)
"As expected, this
was a cynical speech that was full of hypocrisy. Rouhani spoke of human rights
even as Iranian forces are participating in the large-scale slaughter of
innocent civilians in Syria.
He condemned terrorism
even as the Iranian regime is using terrorism in dozens of countries around the
He spoke of a nuclear
program for civilian purposes even as an IAEA report
determines that the program has military dimensions and when any rational
person understands that Iran, one of the most oil-rich nations, is not
investing capital in ballistic missiles and underground nuclear facilities in
order to produce electricity.
It is no coincidence that
the speech lacked both any practical proposal to stop Iran's military nuclear
program and any commitment to fulfill UN Security Council decisions.
This is exactly Iran's
strategy – to talk and play for time in order to advance its ability to achieve
nuclear weapons. Rouhani knows this well.
He bragged that a decade
ago, he succeeded in misleading the West so that while Iran was holding talks,
it simultaneously advanced its nuclear program. The international community
must test Iran not by its words but by its actions.
delegation absented itself from Rouhani's speech in order not to grant
legitimacy to a regime that does not recognize the existence of the Holocaust
and which publicly declares its desire to wipe the State of Israel off the map.
As the Prime Minister of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, I could not
allow the Israeli delegation to be part of a cynical public relations ploy by a
regime that denies the Holocaust and calls for our destruction."
Yesterday (Tuesday, September 24) PM Netanyahu released the following statement: