Prime Minister Netanyahu concluded his speech by telling the United Nations:
Mahmoud Abbas must stop spreading lies about the Temple Mount. He does not tell you that his people are using the Al Aqsa mosque to store explosives to attack our people.
It is Israel that defends the Temple Mount and the mosque.
It is Israel that protects holy shrines for Christians as well as Muslims.
It is Israel that ensures their safety.
Israel is not only defending itself.
It is defending you.
I remain committed to two states for two peoples in which a Palestinian state recognizes a Jewish state. Mahmoud Abbas said here yesterday he is not prepared to do this.
The Palestinians have refused to end the conflict and make a final peace with Israel.
You heard that rejection only yesterday from President Abbas. How can Israel make peace with a Palestinian partner who even refuses to sit and negotiate?
The United Nations can help peace by supporting direct negotiations between the parties. The United Nations will not help by trying to impose solutions or by encouraging Palestinian rejection.
The United Nations should rid itself of the obsessive bashing of Israel.
In four years of horrific violence in Syria, more than 250,000 people have lost their lives, more than 10 times the number of Israelis and Palestinians who have lost their lives in a century of conflict.
But last year, this assembly adopted 20 resolutions against Israel and one resolution against the savage slaughter in Syria.
Talk about justice! Talk about disproportionality!
Frankly, I am not surprised.
To borrow a line from Yogi Berra, when it comes to bashing Israel at the United Nations, it is déjà vu all over again.
Our small country is making a huge contribution to the entire world.
Israeli know-how is everywhere. It is in your smartphones; it is on your farm when you drip irrigate your crops. It is in your universities. It is in your medicine cabinet and on your plate.
Israel is working closely with our Arab peace partners against the challenges of a nuclear Iran and ISIS. We are also working with other countries in our region. We all know that Iran and ISIS are our enemies.
Common dangers clearly are bringing Israel and our Arab neighbors closer.
But our closest relationship has been and always will be with the United States.
For 100 generations, the Jewish people dreamed of returning to the Land of Israel. Even in our darkest hours, we never gave up hope of rebuilding our eternal capital of Jerusalem.
Here is my message to the rulers of Iran: Your plan to destroy Israel will fail.
And here is my message to the countries here: Whatever resolutions you pass, Israel will do whatever it has to, to defend our state and our people.
Israel will not allow Iran to sneak in or walk in to the ‘nuclear weapons club.’
More than 70 years after the Nazis destroyed six million Jews, Iran declared it will annihilate Israel, and the response from this body has been silence – deafening silence.
If Iran were working to destroy your country, perhaps you would be less enthusiastic about this deal.
But Iran is building ICBMs – not to destroy Israel but to attack your countries.
If Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country.
When bad behavior is rewarded, it only gets worse.
In 2013, Rouhani began his “charm offensive” here at the United Nations, and now is executing more political prisoners and expanding world terror. In Iran’s case, the words speaks as loud as its action.
The deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards said in February: The Islamic Revolution is not limited by geographical borders. Yemen and Palestine are among the countries to be conquered by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The nuclear deal with Iran does not peace more likely: it makes war more likely.
Since the framework agreement was signed six months ago, Iran has armed Houthi rebels in Yemen, it has provided Hezbollah with missiles so it can accurately hit any target in Israel, it has aided Syria, it has funded Hamas and it has promised to send operatives to the Golan Heights from where rockets recently were fired on Israel.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu