Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paused his speech
before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday for 45 seconds to protest what he called the "utter silence" from most of the world on the Iran's threats to the destruction of his nation.
"Seventy years after the murder of 6 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," Netanyahu said. "Utter silence. Deafening silence."
At that point, he paused for 45 seconds and stared around the room.
"Perhaps you can now understand why Israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal," he said when he resumed. "If Iran's rulers were working to destroy your countries, perhaps you'd be less enthusiastic about the deal."
Netanyahu was referring to the recently struck Iranian nuclear deal, celebrated not only in Iran, but also by Democrats in the United States. Republicans, and Netanyahu, say the deal gives Iran more access to nuclear weapons, not less.
Netanyahu also vowed in his speech that Israel will prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power. Israel has in the past bombed suspected nuclear sites in Iraq in 1981 and in Syria in 2007.
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