TEL AVIV – The terrorist attacks in Brussels, Paris, San Bernardino, Istanbul and the daily attacks by Palestinians in Israel are part of the same assault, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his address to the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Tuesday.
“What the [terrorists] seek is our utter destruction,” Netanyahu said.
“Their basic demand is that we should disappear. That’s not going to happen,” he vowed.
The prime minister opened his remarks by sending condolences to the families of those murdered earlier in the day in a string of terror attacks in the Belgian capital.
Watch Netanyahu’s remarks below beginning at 1:01:42
Netanyahu thanked AIPAC for its support for Israel during last year’s debate on the Iran nuclear deal. The prime minister said that despite their differences, the unbreakable alliance between Israel and the U.S. remained intact.
However, he urged the U.S. to “maintain its long standing position to reject” any UN Security Council resolution that would impose terms for a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
The prime minister slammed the UN for maligning Israel and subjecting it to systematic discrimination.
“At the UN, Israel, the Middle East’s only true democracy is slandered like no other country on earth,” he said.
“Only Israel is permanently scheduled for condemnation at the UN Human Rights Council, not Iran, not Syria, not North Korea. Only Israel is hounded by UN bodies expressly established to de-legitimize its existence.
“The UN, my friends, has a shameful record of singling out Israel for castigation and condemnation,” he added.
He also blasted the UN for “convince[ing] the Palestinians that they can stab their way to a state.”
“Mind you, not a state next to Israel but a state instead of Israel,” he added.
Netanyahu acknowledged the scepticism that surrounds his views on the so-called two-state solution. He reiterated his readiness to begin negotiations immediately and without preconditions.
However, he said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has shot down every effort to resume talks over the last five years.
He slammed Abbas for inciting violence against Israel and breeding a new generation of murderers who are taught that stabbing Israelis is their duty. The prime minister then showed what he termed a “deeply disturbing, sick” video showing PA incitement with small children demonstrating how to stab Israelis.