This afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the podium at the General Assembly of the United Nations – and once again, he gave an impassioned speech outlining the history and values of the Jewish State, and explaining in perfectly basic terms what the West’s “red line” should be with regard to Iranian nuclear development.
Netanyahu began his speech by putting the State of Israel’s existence in historic context. Fighting back against Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s smear that the Jews have no real history in Israel, Netanyahu talked about the Jews’ 3,000 year history in the land. “The Jewish State will live forever,” he said defiantly. “The Jewish people have come home. We will never be uprooted again.”
Netanyahu then attacked the battle of ideologies that has culminated in the current standoff with an Iranian regime bent on destruction of Israel. The battle, he said, was “modern versus the medieval.” “These forces clash around the world,” said Netanyahu. He continued:
The medieval forces of radical Islam whom you just saw storming the American embassies throughout the Middle East, well, they oppose this. They seek supremacy over all Muslims. They’re bent on world conquest. They want to destroy Israel, Europe, America. They want to extinguish freedom. They want to end the modern world.
Now, militant Islam has many branches, from the rulers of Iran with their Revolutionary Guards to al-Qaida terrorists to the radical cells lurking in every part of the globe.
But despite their differences, they are all rooted in the same bitter soil of intolerance. That intolerance is directed first to their fellow Muslims and then to Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, secular people, anyone who doesn’t submit to their unforgiving creed. They want to drag humanity back to an age of unquestioning dogma, unrelenting conflict.
I’m sure of one thing. Ultimately, they will fail. Ultimately, light will penetrate the darkness.
He added that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ “libelous” language about Israel did not forward the peace process.
Then Netanyahu got to the meat of the matter. A nuclear-armed Iran, said Netanyahu, would be analogous to a nuclear-armed al Qaeda. “Given this record of Iranian aggression without nuclear weapons … imagine them with nuclear weapons,” he said. Diplomacy, Netanyahu noted, had failed. More than that, diplomacy had granted Iran an additional period to complete its nuclear development.
What the West needs, Netanyahu said, is a “clear red line” with regard to “one vital part of [Iran’s] program and it’s the nuclear enrichment program.” He explained why the world needed a red line:
Red lines don’t lead to war. Red lines prevent war. Just look at NATO’s charter. It made clear that an attack on one member country would be considered an attack on all, and NATO’s red line helped keep the peace in Europe for nearly half a century. President Kennedy set a red line during the Cuban missile crisis. That red line also prevented war and helped preserve the peace for decades.
In fact, it’s the failure to place red lines that’s often invited aggression.
He went directly at the Obama-created myth that Iran is a small country with little power, stating that Iran is bigger than Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy “combined.”
Then came the most controversial portion of Netanyahu’s speech. He pulled out a cartoon diagram of a bomb, divided into three stages: 70% uranium development, 90% uranium development, and final stage development. He then pulled out a red marker and drew a clear line before final stage development. The “red line,” he said, should be drawn before that “final stage.” And, he added, “every day, that point is getting closer.”
The leftist media has pounced on Bibi’s cartoon of the bomb – but the fact remains that it was a clear and understandable image for the American public. More than that, it was an unmistakable signal to the Obama administration that if they insist on acting ignorant, Netanyahu will treat them as such, as he should. Netanyahu’s muscular defense of Israel and his bravery in elucidating the basic civilizational conflict at work in the Middle East has set the table for a decision by the West. The only question now is: will Obama continue to shilly-shally on Iran, even as they draw closer to achieving their promised nuclear Holocaust?
Here is the transcript for delivery, as prepared: