The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for condemning the international community in his speech today to the United Nations General Assembly over its utter silence regarding continuing Iranian threats to destroy Israel. Iran is already increasing funding for the Assad regime in Syria, Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and providing sophisticated missiles and arms to them as well. It is also seeking to arm the Arabs in Judea/Samaria. Mr. Netanyahu also condemned Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas for refusing to negotiate peace, Abbas having refused talks with Israel for all but one week in the last six years. Abbas has also rejected a 2008 Israeli offer of Palestinian statehood in virtually all of Judea/Samaria, all of Gaza and the eastern half of Jerusalem. While continuing to promote hatred and murder of Jews in his speeches, schools, and children’s camps, Abbas also provides generous pensions to the families of Jew-killers confined in Israeli prisons.
Mr. Netanyahu quoted from Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and senior Iranian military leaders, all reiterating a familiar pledge: Israel, a state where six million Jews reside, must be annihilated, sooner rather than later. Mr. Netanyahu said:
“Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country.
Murder my people.
And the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing!
Perhaps you can now understand why Israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal.
If Iran’s rulers were working to destroy your countries, perhaps you’d be less enthusiastic about the deal.
If Iran’s terror proxies were firing thousands of rockets at your cities, perhaps you’d be more measured in your praise.
And if this deal were unleashing a nuclear arms race in your neighborhood, perhaps you’d be more reluctant to celebrate.
But don’t think that Iran is only a danger to Israel.
Besides Iran’s aggression in the Middle East and its terror around the world, Iran is also building intercontinental ballistic missiles whose sole purpose is to carry nuclear warheads.
Now remember this: Iran already has missiles that can reach Israel.
So those intercontinental ballistic missiles that Iran is building – they’re not meant for us.
They’re meant for you.
For raining down mass destruction –– anytime, anywhere.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It’s not easy to oppose something that is embraced by the greatest powers in the world.
Believe me, it would be far easier to remain silent.
But throughout our history, the Jewish people have learned the heavy price of silence.
And as the Prime Minister of the Jewish State, as someone who knows that history,
I refuse to be silent.
I’ll say it again: The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies –– those days are over.” (‘Full Transcript: Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Speech at the United Nations General Assembly, 2015 (VIDEO)’, Algemeiner Journal, October 1, 2015).
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “We praise the Israeli Prime Minister for his speech today. Though he mentioned several other deeply important matters, by far the most significant was his absolutely correct and appropriate emphasis on the deafening silence from leaders around the world who have said nothing, much less condemned, continuing Iranian threats of genocide against the Jews, embodied in the Jewish state of Israel.
“This is a diplomatic Kristallnacht. This is a repeat of the 1930s when Nazi Germany’s extraordinary anti-Semitic polices and persecution of Jews raised little interest or protest, which helped to persuade Hitler that he could proceed with their mass murder.
“When the world welcomes a nuclear deal that paves a path to Iran acquiring the weapons to act on its genocidal intentions against the Jewish state of Israel and Iran’s calls for Israel’s destruction are met with silent indifference, then the world sends the same message of practical encouragement to the extremist Iranian Shia Islamic regime.”