Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of wanting statehood without peace.
“The truth is so far the Palestinians have refused to negotiate,” he said. “The truth is the Palestinians want a state without peace.”
He said he and Israel genuinely want peace but that peace must be “anchored in security.”
Netanyahu quoted the late Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, calling the U.N. a “house of lies”—though he prefaced it by saying he hoped those assembled wouldn’t be offended.
He warned of the dangers of militant Islam, invoking the 9/11 attacks and admonishing those U.N. delegates who failed to walk out of the General Assembly when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad on Thursday suggested that 9/11 wasn’t actually a terrorist attack.
Netanyahu recalled Israel’s experience ceding territory to the Palestinians in Gaza and to the Lebanese in 2000.
“When Israel left Lebanon and Gaza, the moderates didn’t defeat the radicals, the moderates were devoured by the radicals,” he said.
“We left Gaza hoping for peace,” he said. But Israel didn’t get peace. We got war.”
He cited the flow of weapons into Gaza and Hamas’ use of the strip as a base for rocket and terrorist attacks against Israel. “Given all this, Israelis rightly ask: What’s to prevent this all from happening again in the West Bank?”
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