Highlights From Netanyahu U.N. Speech: "A Red Line Should Be Drawn Right Here"
Thursday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the United Nations General Assembly, demarcating where he says a "red line" should be drawn in relation to Iran and their nuclear ambitions.
Read highlights below:
"Throughout our history, the Jewish people have overcome all the tyrants who have sought our destruction. It's their ideologies that have been discarded by history. The people of Israel live on. We say in Hebrew, Am Yisrael Chaim, and the Jewish state will live forever."
"Every year, thousands - thousands of Arabs from the Palestinian territories and Arabs from throughout the Middle East come to Israel to be treated in Israeli hospitals by Israeli doctors. I know you're not going to hear that from speeches around this podium but that's the truth."
"President Abbas just spoke here. I say to him and I say to you: we won't solve our conflict with libelous speeches at the U.N. That's not the way to solve it. We won't solve our conflict with unilateral declarations of statehood."
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"We have to sit together, negotiate together, and reach a mutual compromise in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish state."
"Nothing could imperil our common future more than the arming of Iran with nuclear weapons. To understand what the world would be like with a nuclear armed Ira, just imagine the world with a nuclear armed Al Qaeda."
"There's only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs and that's by placing a clear red line on Iran's nuclear weapons program."(applause)
"Now red lines could be drawn in different parts of Iran's nuclear weapons program but to credible a red line must be drawn first and foremost in one vital part of their program: on Iran's efforts to enrich uranium."
"Iran's completed the first stage - it took them many years but they completed it and they're 70% of the way there. Now they're well into the second stage and by next spring - at most by next summer - at current enrichment rates they will have finished the medium enrichment and moved onto the final stage. From there it's only a few months, possibly a few weeks before they get enough enriched uranium for the first bomb."
"Where should a red line be drawn? A red line should be drawn right here - before Iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment."
"For over two years our intelligence agencies didn't know that Iran was building a huge nuclear enrichment plant under a mountain. Do we want to risk the security of the world on the assumption that we would find in time a small workshop in a country half the size of Europe?"
"Ladies and gentlemen, the relevant question is not when Iran will get the bomb. The relevant question is at what stage can we no longer stop Iran from getting the bomb? The red line must be drawn on Iran's nuclear enrichment program because these enrichment facilities are the only nuclear installations that we can definitely see and credibly target."
"I believe that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down. And this will give more time for sanctions and diplomacy to convince Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons program altogether."
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