Netanyahu to speak on Iran at U.N. General Assembly

JERUSALEM Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:11pm EDT

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem August 26, 2012. REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem August 26, 2012.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would speak out about the dangers of Iran's nuclear program in an address next month to the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

It was not immediately known if Netanyahu would meet U.S. President Barack Obama during his September 27-30 visit. The two leaders last met in March at the White House.

In a statement, Netanyahu said that at the assembly's annual general debate he would "tell the nations of the world in a clear voice the truth about the terror regime of Iran which represents the greatest threat to world peace".

Recent rhetoric by Israeli leaders cautioning that time is running out to stop what they say is an Iranian quest for nuclear weapons has raised international concern over possible Israeli military action. The United States has urged Israel to give diplomacy and international sanctions more time to work.

Israel is widely assumed to be the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East, and Iran insists its atomic work is solely for peaceful purposes, which Tehran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated at a conference on Thursday.

Israel strongly condemned Khamenei's strong criticism of the Jewish state uttered at the same meeting of the Non-Alignment Movement, in which he called Israelis "ferocious Zionist wolves" in how they treat the Palestinians.

"Today in Teheran we once again heard hatred and vilification for the Jewish state. The Iranian regime calls for the annihilation of Israel, it oppresses its own citizens, it's part of the murder going on in Syria and its building an atomic bomb," Regev told reporters.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman slammed the anti-Israeli rhetoric in Tehran as "a march of folly such as we have not seen since the 1930s", alluding to anti-Semitic propaganda by the Nazis who killed six million Jews during World War Two.

(Writing by Jeffrey Heller and Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Michael Roddy)

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Comments (3)
War criminal says he will speak about something that he speaks about every chance he gets…

How is this even a news story??

Reuters sure does have an Anti-Iranian agenda.

Aug 30, 2012 9:56pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:
“Israel is widely assumed to be the only nuclear-armed power in the Middle East”. Then why those zealous inspectors don’t just go into Israel to inspect it to be sure one way or another? Israel is not too large. With their cooperation it could be done in no time and then maybe Iran could be convinced to give up their nuclear ambitions if Israel comes out squeaky clean.

Otherwise this whole nuclear issue is like if someone would hold a loaded gun to an unarmed person’s head and forbid the unarmed guy to protect himself.

Aug 30, 2012 9:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
teeleecee wrote:
@Boreal

Isreal is known to have nuclear weapons. What’s ‘assumed’, apparently, is that they’re the only country of the Middle East with them.

Sep 01, 2012 2:05pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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