More than 150 world leaders are gathered in New York this week at a meeting of the United Nations. Most of the press attention went to Vladimir Putin attending the meeting for the first time in a decade – until today, when Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called out the array of presidents and prime ministers for accepting an Iran deal which is woefully insufficient to guarantee the safety of his country or the world at large. It was a remarkable display of leadership, and one our current administration could learn a lot from.
On a day where two Israelis were murdered while driving their family through the West Bank, Netanyahu addressed the existential threat that Iran poses both as a nation chasing nuclear weapons and as a sponsor of organizations like Hamas and Hezbollah.
Netanyahu specifically noted the financial windfall Iran will receive from the deal and the inevitable home for that money – terrorism. The total monetary benefit for the Iranian regime is unknown, but as the Israeli leader noted, it will be more than enough to continue undermining the stability in the world’s most volatile region:
This deal doesn’t make peace more likely. By fueling Iran’s aggressions with billions of dollars in sanctions relief, it makes war likely.
Unleashed and unmuzzled, Iran will go on the prowl, devouring more and more prey… You think hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and fat contracts will turn this rapacious tiger into a kitten?”
For all its passion, though, the speech was careful in its approach to America. After weeks of strong disagreement with the Obama administration, Netanyahu was careful to keep disagreeing without risking the relationship, lauding America as a long-standing Israeli ally and saying any differences were “within the family.”
Netanyahu’s speech to the United Nations can be watched below: