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The Top Moments of Binyamin Netanyahu’s UN General Assembly Speech

Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly, and, as usual, he rocked it. Whatever you think about him, the man knows how to give good speech!

Here is his entire address.

https://youtu.be/HTugN3Wtb28

But for those who do not want to watch the entire 40 minutes, or who did but still want my perspective on the highlights, scroll down.

There WILL Be Props

Whether it be the Auschwitz Blueprint, red-line bomb diagram, photo of the rocket launcher and kids, CDS and files captured from Iran, or water, you have to give props to Bibi Netanyahu’s use of props. And with many of us wondering whether he would have one at the UN General Assembly yesterday, the question was answered before he arrived at the podium.

The Bombshell Revelation: The Secret Atomic Warehouse

Putting the “bomb” in bombshell.

“What I’m about to say has not been shared publicly before.

Today, I am disclosing for the first time that Iran has another secret facility in Tehran—a secret atomic warehouse for storing massive amounts of equipment and material from Iran’s secret nuclear weapons program.

In May, we exposed the site of Iran’s secret atomic archive, right here, in the Shorabad District of Tehran. Today I’m revealing the site of a second facility — Iran’s secret atomic warehouse. It’s right here, in the Turquzabad District of Tehran, just there, miles away..”

Publicizing the Google Earth Coordinates of the Atomic Warehouse

Another Bibi master stroke. By publicizing the Google Earth coordinates of the warehouse, he knew most of us watching would be typing in the coordinates quicker than you can say “nuclear duck.”

The Radioactive Rug Zinger

Bibi’s mention of the “rug cleaning operation” was not about shampooing his hair, but it was a brilliant injection of humor into a deadly serious topic.

“Here it is. You see, like the atomic archive, it’s another innocent looking compound. Now for those of you at home using Google Earth, this no-longer-secret atomic warehouse is on Maher Alley, Maher Street. You have the coordinates, you can try to get there. And for those of you who try to get there, it’s 100 meters from the Kalishoi, the rug cleaning operation. By the way, I hear they do a fantastic job cleaning rugs there. But by now they may be radioactive rugs.”

The Geiger Counter

A truly horrific revelation followed by another master stroke.

Now, countries with satellite capabilities may notice some increased activity on Maher Alley in the days and weeks ahead. The people they’ll see scurrying back and forth are Iranian officials desperately trying to finish the job of cleaning up that site. Because, you see, since we raided the atomic archive, they’ve been busy cleaning out the atomic warehouse.

Just last month, they removed 15 kilograms of radioactive material. You know what they did with it? They had 15 kilograms of radioactive material, they had to get it out of the site, so they took it out and they spread it around Tehran in an effort to hide the evidence. The endangered residents of Tehran may want to know that they can get a Geiger counter on Amazon for only $29.99.

By revealing this info and providing a suggestion, Tehran residents can check the veracity of his claim. Assuming he is correct, this could lead to even more anger against their leaders, possibly even leading to a revolution. A revolution would be way easier than an IAF strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

For the record, the cheapest Gieger Counter I could find on Amazon was this one, for $33.99. Either Bibi was not being completely accurate, or they bumped up the price slightly following his speech.

The Swedish Selfie

Right after Bibi’s description of the quantities of nuclear material being moved and hidden around locations in Tehran, the camera panned to a delightful, random scene: An Ed Sheeran lookalike Swedish delegate either taking a selfie or a photo/footage of Bibi.

The “You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide” Moment

The reason Iran didn’t destroy its atomic archive and its atomic warehouse is because it hasn’t abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons. In fact, it planned to use both of these sites in a few years when the time would be right to break out to the atom bomb.

But, ladies and gentlemen, rest assured, that won’t happen. It won’t happen because what Iran hides, Israel will find.

Now, I also have a message today for the tyrants of Tehran:

Israel knows what you’re doing, and Israel knows where you’re doing it. Israel will never let a regime that calls for our destruction to develop nuclear weapons. Not now, not in ten years, not ever.

And Israel will do whatever it must do to defend itself against Iran’s aggression. We will continue to act against you in Syria. We will act against you in Lebanon. We will act against you in Iraq. We will act against you whenever and wherever we must act to defend our state and defend our people.

“Anytime, Anywhere”

I have a message to the head of the IAEA, Mr. Yukiya Amano.

I believe he’s a good man. I believe he wants to do the right thing.

Well, Mr. Amano, do the right thing. Go inspect this atomic warehouse, immediately, before the Iranians finish clearing it out.

Distinguished delegates,

Do you remember when we were promised that inspections could take place anytime, anywhere? Remember that? Anytime, anywhere?

Well, how about inspections right here, right now.

And Mr. Amano, while you’re at it, inspect the other secret sites we told you about. Once and for all, tell the world the truth about Iran.

The Syrian

Right after Bibi described Iran’s actions in Syria, the camera panned to the Syrian delegate. Yes, he was there, present for Bibi’s speech, when we are accustomed to delegates of enemy states leaving the hall before any Israeli leaders speak.

“A Picture That’s Worth a Thousand Missiles”

Another unforgettable turn of phrase by Israel’s master wordsmith.

Hezbollah, listen to this, Hezbollah is deliberately using the innocent people of Beirut as human shields. They have placed three of these missile conversion sites alongside Beirut’s international airport.

Here’s a picture that’s worth a thousand missiles.

“They’re not chanting Death to America. They’re chanting Death to the Dictator.”

The deal’s supporters were also wrong when they argued, you have to believe that they argue this. We’re going to have many arguments with them. They also argued that restoring sanctions would rally the Iranian people around the regime.

Well, they’re definitely rallying, but not around the regime. They’re rallying against the regime.

They’re not chanting Death to America. They’re chanting Death to the Dictator.

They’re not chanting Export the Islamic Revolution. They’re chanting Leave Syria! Leave Lebanon! Leave Gaza! Take care of us in Iran!

The Confession

But, ladies and gentlemen, I have an important confession to make.

This may surprise you, but I have to admit that the Iran deal has had one positive consequence, an unintended one, but a positive consequence. By empowering Iran, it brought Israel and many Arab states closer together than ever before, closer together than ever before, in an intimacy and friendship that I’ve not seen in my lifetime and would have been unimaginable a few years ago.

And you know, when you form friendships around a threat, around a challenge, you quickly see opportunities, not only for security, but how to bring a better life for our people which Israel can help and wants to help do.

Israel deeply values these new friendships, and I hope the day will soon arrive when Israel will be able to expand peace, a formal peace, beyond Egypt and Jordan to other Arab neighbors, including the Palestinians. I look forward to working with President Trump and his peace team to achieve that goal.

The Thanks

So I want to use this opportunity to express Israel’s appreciation to President Trump and Ambassador Haley for the unwavering support they have provided Israel at the United Nations. They have unequivocally backed Israel’s right to defend itself. They rightly pulled out of a history-denying UNESCO and a morally bankrupt UN Human Rights Council. They have more resolutions about Israel than the rest of the world combined, I think. And tenfold compared to, I don’t know, Iran, Syria, you name it. Not even tenfold, because you can’t multiply zero by any number.

They stopped funding, President Trump and Ambassador Haley, they stopped funding an unreformed UNRWA, an organization that instead of solving the Palestinian refugee problem, perpetuates it.

Bibi’s Impassioned Defense of Israel’s Nation State Law

It had to be said…and Bibi said it so well.

Once, it was the Jewish people that were slandered and held to a different standard.

Today, it’s the Jewish state that is slandered and held to a different standard.

Here’s an example: Take the outlandish attacks that have been leveled against Israel after our Knesset, our parliament, recently adopted a law declaring Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Mind you, Israel is a free country. You can oppose a law, and people did. You can call for different wording in this or that clause, or you can call to add or subtract a clause. You can do that.

But when Israel is called racist, Israel is called racist for making Hebrew its official language and the Star of David its national flag, when Israel is labeled an apartheid state for declaring itself the nation-state of the Jewish people, this is downright preposterous. And you know why?

Because represented in this hall today are more than 100 countries that have only one official language, even though many other languages are commonly spoken within those countries. There are more than 50 countries here that have crosses or crescents on their flags, even though they have many non-Muslims and non-Christians, many of them, living in their midst. And there are dozens of countries that define themselves as nation states of a particular people, even though there are many ethnic and national minorities within their borders.

None of those countries are denigrated or libeled for celebrating their unique national identity. Only Israel is denigrated. Only Israel is libeled.

What is unique about the Jewish people is not that we have a nation-state. What is unique is that many still oppose us having a nation-state.

Ripping Mahmoud a New Abbashole

Moments ago, President Abbas outrageously said that Israel’s nation-state law proves that Israel is a racist, apartheid state.

President Abbas, you should know better. You wrote a dissertation denying the Holocaust. Your Palestinian Authority imposes death sentences on Palestinians for selling land to Jews. Did you hear that? If a Jew buys an apartment, a piece of land anywhere in the Palestinian territories, the Palestinian who sold him that land is executed. That’s what the law says.

President Abbas, you proudly pay Palestinian terrorists who murder Jews. In fact, the more they slay, the more you pay. That’s in their law too. And you condemn Israel’s morality? You call Israel racist?

This is not the way to peace. This is not the way to achieve the peace we all want and need and to which Israel remain committed. This body should not be applauding the head of a regime that pays terrorists. The UN should condemn such a despicable policy.

Snap!

The Palestinian Delegation Reaction

Granted, it was not as delightful as this one, but still rather delicious.

About the author

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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