Netanyahu at the UN: This building is a house of lies

posted at 9:50 pm on September 23, 2011 by Allahpundit

Did someone here order the red meat?

I’m giving you today’s speech in its entirety in the second clip below, but if it’s pure Calgon-y UN-bashing you want to luxuriate in, stick with the first one. Abbas spoke several hours before he did and, well, you know how that went. What happens now? It’s … a bit hazy:

Shortly after President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority formally requested the Security Council to grant full United Nations membership on Friday, international powers reached an agreement on terms to restart talks between Israel and the Palestinians, diplomats and Obama administration officials said.

Details of the understanding by the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia, known as the quartet, were due to be announced later on Friday. But officials said they hoped the statement would lead to a new round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian leadership after many months of stalemate…

“What we have tried to do is to set the framework in which they can have those discussions and reach agreement,” Ms. Ashton told a news conference. She said the most important aspect of the statement was the time frame: beginning talks within four weeks, making significant progress on borders and security within three months and reaching a full agreement by the end of 2012.

I’m sure it’ll work this time. And if it doesn’t

[T]his U.N. debacle is likely to lead to a precipitous decline in the prestige of the entire Fatah movement, a process that will only accelerate once a triumphant Netanyahu and despondent Abbas return home. We can expect widespread Palestinian demonstrations in Judea and Samaria in coming weeks, and they may be targeting both the Israeli and the Palestinian leadership.

In that way, Abbas’s diminishment will mean Hamas’s empowerment. The Hamas movement is the only player in the Middle East, aside from Israel, that has vocally opposed the current Palestinian statehood bid. Needless to say, this is not the kind of ally that Israel should be wishing for…

Indeed, the most important political repercussions of this week’s U.N. diplomacy will not be felt in Jerusalem, but on places far outside of Israel’s control—namely, Cairo and Amman and elsewhere in the Arab world, as the masses there digest the scale of the Palestinian public humiliation and consider its consequences.

For precisely that reason, it may be that Abbas won’t accept the Quartet’s framework for new talks. Having rolled the dice on demanding statehood at the UN, he may be forced to keep pushing it unless the U.S. and Israel can make concessions that would let him save face among the Palestinians. Can Netanyahu do that when his majority in the Knesset depends on the support of Yisrael Beiteinu? Probably not. What now?

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I love that guy.

NeoKong on September 23, 2011 at 9:54 PM

It is, and it should be torn down and some nice office buildings should take its place.

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Bill Clinton hardest hit.

mythicknight on September 23, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Finally. Someone said it. Can we stop paying for it now???

HornetSting on September 23, 2011 at 9:55 PM

“… the theater of the absurd …”

Awesome.

Tony737 on September 23, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Go Bibi…Go Bibi….

cmsinaz on September 23, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Any way we can get Bibi to participate in the next GOP debate?

Left Coast Right Mind on September 23, 2011 at 9:58 PM

What now?

Give that building to Donald Trump, let him turn it into condo’s.

Knucklehead on September 23, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get all of these elites in the UN out of New York?
I also love this guy, and I hope he has lots of security while he’s in this country.
Wasn’t it Netanyaho who was meeting with the president and obama went out or to bed and left him? Didn’t he have to leave by the back door?
Come on you Jews in the East, get a clue about obama and get him out of office in 2012. Surely you can see the corruption/chicago way in this administration!

Bambi on September 23, 2011 at 10:01 PM

“… Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the U.N. Security Council …”

And the Sith controls the Galactic Senate … what could go wrong?

Tony737 on September 23, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Can we put him up during the next debate?

lorien1973 on September 23, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Bibi/Cain 2012

BuckNutty on September 23, 2011 at 10:03 PM

theater of the absurd.

go Bibi.

ted c on September 23, 2011 at 10:03 PM

THIS is a STATESMAN!

ted c on September 23, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Gosh, I think Netanyahu needed to ratchet things down a bit.

This was just not the time for an in-your-face speech.

The region is a powder keg right now and we need some statemanship.

Sorry, others can disagree but I just think it wasn’t the time for this type of address.

SteveMG on September 23, 2011 at 10:05 PM

cut funding 90% and keep a seat on the security council to veto the worse foolishness.

rob verdi on September 23, 2011 at 10:06 PM

I close my eyes and try to wonder how so many people can be so stupid and hateful.

tomas on September 23, 2011 at 10:07 PM

this man, is a fighter. The blood of David runs in his veins and he carries it forward well.

Psalm 18:34-36
34 He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.

ted c on September 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM

This building is a house of lies

And O’Bambi is Lord of the Lies.

honsy on September 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM

As the piece AP linked to predicts, this will only help Hamas.

And we know who Hamas likes to kill: Israeli men, women and children.

The IDF will kill the Hamas terrorists; Hamas will kill Israeli citizens.

That’s not a good trade.

SteveMG on September 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Simple fact: If the Palestinians unilaterally disarmed, there’d be instant peace and a Palestinian state in short order. If the Israelis unilaterally disarmed, there’d be a second Jewish Holocaust, looking much like the one 70-years ago. Obviously, a lot of UN members want Hitler’s project completed.

RBMN on September 23, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Mohammedan morals consist in prostate like bowing 5 times a day in the general direction of some black stone in Mecca that is suppose to have fallen down from their moon-god, Allah, and attending mosque regularly at the appointed weekly time, and in breaking the ten commandments all the balance of the week. It comes natural to them to lie and cheat and kill and enslave in the first place, and then they go on and improve on that nature until they arrive at perfection. I never did dislike anyone as much as those Muslims and especially the Palestinians, and, when Israel is pushed to war with them again, I hope America and England and France will not find it good breeding nor good judgment to interfere.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on September 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Knucklehead on September 23, 2011 at 10:00 PM

This.

antisocial on September 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

THIS is a STATESMAN!

ted c on September 23, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I am so honored that I share my birthday-21 years later-with such a man.
Bibi’s brother-Jonathan-was the only member of the IDF killed @ Entebee. My guess is that he’s looking down on his younger brother…and smiling with pride.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

As the piece AP linked to predicts, this will only help Hamas.

And we know who Hamas likes to kill: Israeli men, women and children.

The IDF will kill the Hamas terrorists; Hamas will kill Israeli citizens.

That’s not a good trade.

SteveMG on September 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Please tell me you’re not serious?

sharrukin on September 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

This building is a house of lies

And O’Bambi is Lord of the Lies.

honsy on September 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM

The problem with the UN predates Bury O’Blahblah

darwin-t on September 23, 2011 at 10:10 PM

cut funding 90% and keep a seat on the security council to veto the worse foolishness.

rob verdi on September 23, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Why not cut it 100%, withdraw from it and kick their sorry butts out of the country. Let them set up shop in Mogadishu.

Oldnuke on September 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM

alt: yep you’re right he was!!

ted c on September 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM

From,JINSA!
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Speech Before Congress, May 24, 2011 From: JINSACOMM | May 24, 2011
(Video-45:41)
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http://www.youtube.com/user/JINSACOMM

canopfor on September 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM

As the piece AP linked to predicts, this will only help Hamas.

And we know who Hamas likes to kill: Israeli men, women and children.

The IDF will kill the Hamas terrorists; Hamas will kill Israeli citizens.

That’s not a good trade.

SteveMG on September 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM

All of these things has existed before Netenyahu said a single word.

darwin-t on September 23, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Truer words have never been spoken.

Cylor on September 23, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Weak Beast says Bibi is the new Caligula.

andy85719 on September 23, 2011 at 10:14 PM

It’s easy to talk honestly when no-one is listening.

I feel for Israel. They are almost completely alone in this world.

Book on September 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM

A tear falls on my cheek watching this. On the one hand we have a fine, decent, man who is trying to reason with unreasonable people.
Yet our fearless leader gets up in front of the UN, talks about same sex love, and then waves like a retard at a photo op. no disparagement meant by the word “retard”. They can’t help it—-Obama can.

arnold ziffel on September 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Lets Review!
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A first taste of the New Middle East
Feb 25 2011
By Caroline B. Glick
*********************

The brilliant academic president who theorized that diplomacy-by-apology was more powerful than governing-by-strength is being outmaneuvered — and outright humiliated — by the Arab world: Hamas, the Muslim brotherhood and Fatah

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Wednesday night, Israelis received our first taste of the new Middle East with the missile strike on Beersheba and Netivot. Iran’s Palestinian proxy, the local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood known as Hamas carried out its latest war crime right after Iran’s battleships entered Syria’s Latakia port.
(More….)
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http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0211/glick022511.php3?printer_friendly

canopfor on September 23, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Yet our fearless leader gets up in front of the UN, talks about same sex love, and then waves like a retard at a photo op.

arnold ziffel on September 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM

You mean like this?

Left Coast Right Mind on September 23, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Netenyahu is awesome, we all already know that. What I don’t get though is AP passing up the opportunity blog about the Bristol Palin video.

NotCoach on September 23, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Netanyahu at the UN: This building is a house of lies

He could have been in the U.S. Senate chambers listening to Harry.

Rovin on September 23, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Musical Theme,Enjoy:)
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UN Choir presents: Somebody To Hate
Added: 7 hours ago Sept 23 2011
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From the group that brought you We Con the World, Latma proudly presents an ode to the Jewish state by the UN Choir singing Somebody to Hate.
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2bf_1316804881

canopfor on September 23, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Our President is such a feckless disgrace.

teacherman on September 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Hey, Scooter…this is what a real leader looks like.

kingsjester on September 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Alpha male, Obama Beta+

CW on September 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Bless that man.

stldave on September 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Ya,the Plastinaians are working really hard on that
Peace Thingy
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Arabs Throw Rocks at 20-Month-Old Israeli Baby’s Face
Added: 1 day ago Occurred On: Sep-22-2011
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In a chilling assault Israel National News reports took place in Samaria on Wednesday, Arabs allegedly threw rocks at an Israeli car, injuring the face of a 20-month-old girl who was in the back seat.
The child was reportedly treated on the scene by medics with the Samaria Regional Authority (SRA) and later brought to a hospital.
SRA official Gershon Mesika said, “The ‘men of peace’ of the Palestinian murder authority provide yet more proof, to those who still need it, as to just whom we are facing. We face low life terrorists who try to murder babies.”
INN adds:

An Israeli citizen was lightly wounded from rocks hurled by Arabs as he drove near Halhoul. Three Arabs were arrested Wednesday afternoon in confrontations with security forces near the Kalandiya checkpoint. Earlier, they threw rocks at IDF forces and burned tires.

Several dozen Arabs threw rocks at Border Policemen near Har Adar, not far from Jerusalem. No one was hurt. The policemen used riot dispersal gear to scatter the rioters.
Below is footage provided by INN of the mother and child in the aftermath of the alleged attack speaking to Israeli authorities. From the looks of the pictures and video, the child, while clearly having sustained face trauma, remained calm in her mother’s arms:
(Image and Video)
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c21_1316739159

canopfor on September 23, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Bibi 2012! I’ve been a supporter of his since I was a teenager in the ’90s and he would come on “Zola Levitt Presents” tv show. LOVE him.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 23, 2011 at 10:32 PM

I feel for Israel. They are almost completely alone in this world.

Book on September 23, 2011 at 10:15 PM

nope. Someone told them that He will never leave them nor forsake them.

Just watch.

ted c on September 23, 2011 at 10:37 PM

My parents used to have the the original Broadway cast album for ‘To Live Another Summer-To Pass Another Winter’. It was an Israeli production that was a collection of Israeli songs and stories.
One of the songs was ‘We’re Sorry We Won it’.
It was pure snark-that i can’t find on You Tube.

The Chorus went like This:

We’re sorry we won it-
We must have over done it.
We know quite well, that a Jew has his place.
A Jew who is a winner is a dis-grace!
Oh Please world, excuse us-
We’re asking you for forgiveness.
We’re awfully sorry-
we’re sorry we won the war!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 23, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Just watch.

ted c on September 23, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Some just refuse to see

darwin-t on September 23, 2011 at 10:42 PM

nope. Someone told them that He will never leave them nor forsake them.

Just watch.

ted c on September 23, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Amen.

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Peggy Noonan to call Netanyahu a buffoon in 3…2…1…

Daemonocracy on September 23, 2011 at 10:46 PM

We should bomb that place to a smoking hulk, and salt the ground after we bulldoze it.

greggriffith on September 23, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Ms. Ashton: She said the most important aspect of the statement was the time frame… reaching a full agreement by the end of 2012.

What a happy coincidence, the most important aspect is to make Obama a hero in time for the election!

RJL on September 23, 2011 at 10:57 PM

It is, and it should be torn down and some nice office buildings should take its place.

carbon_footprint on September 23, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Nah. Let’s go “Heavy Metal” on it and turn it into low-rent housing.

CurtZHP on September 23, 2011 at 10:57 PM

She said the most important aspect of the statement was the time frame: beginning talks within four weeks, making significant progress on borders and security within three months and reaching a full agreement by the end of 2012.

oh sure, it’s just like scheduling a new housing development, first you do the marketing study, then then environmental impact study. Then you can get financing set up, and apply for permits. Hire a contractor, and there you go. Nothing to it.

Skandia Recluse on September 23, 2011 at 11:04 PM

*sigh*

Why don’t we have anyone like that in this country?

Midas on September 23, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Bibi telling it like it is. He’s one of the most profound leaders in history to me. I love Netanyahu, we need a man like him in office.

YoungAmerican on September 23, 2011 at 11:20 PM

My favorite foreign leader of all time.

scotash on September 23, 2011 at 11:21 PM

“You couldn’t make this up…”

- Bibi the Great

I’m only halfway through the short clip, and it’s already the best speech in the history of the UN.

Jaibones on September 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Personally, I want a separate state for the Palestinians, too, it’s the right thing to do…

After they and their lands are turned to glass. Same for Iran, even more so.

I’m so tired of this crap, that I am starting to think about making a downward career move, to that of U.S. President, just so I could enter the codes, turn the key, and push the buttons that rain Hell down where Hell needs to be rained down on. No more troops, nor more widows, no more kids with a dead parent who is a hero. Just glass, just glass. Just glass. And everywhere for those who wish the West’s and our demise.

TXUS on September 23, 2011 at 11:33 PM

BiBi doesn’t put on airs.
BiBi doesn’t beat around the bush.
BiBi does not know fear.
BiBi tells it like it is.
BiBi has almighty truth on his side.

I like BiBi.

FlatFoot on September 23, 2011 at 11:57 PM

THIS is why he is THE ONLY LEADER IN THE WEST.

Even Bill Clinton has thrown Netanyahu under the bus at his freaky little search for redemption called the Clinton Global Initiative (has anyone seen Monica?).

The Progressives hate Netanyahu publicly but they HATE THE JEWS privately.

Netanyahu’s sin?………..not being willing to let the Jews be driven into the sea with another “land for peace” charade. Hey, maybe he doesn’t want to wind up like Rabin or Sharon….or maybe he has these clowns in the West number?

GO BIBI…………YOU the LEADER, we wish we had one.

PappyD61 on September 24, 2011 at 12:00 AM

if it’s pure Calgon-y UN-bashing you want to luxuriate in, stick with the first one.

As much as your RINO-liciousness is brought under fire around here, your are always, no doubt, a talented writer. You rock, AP.

miConsevative on September 24, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Netanyahu has balls. Big brass ones.

miConsevative on September 24, 2011 at 12:09 AM

We so desperately need a Netanyahu in the Whitehouse, someone perfectly willing to tell the truth regardless.

The UN is the plaything of despots, of every kind and level.

Abbas is toast in Palestine, move on.

Speakup on September 24, 2011 at 12:35 AM

What an incredible speech.

Here is the transcript:

http://www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng/Communication/PMSpeaks/speechUm230911.htm

Bibi is a serious adult with courage to speak the truth.

We should only have such a leader.

INC on September 24, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen anything as heroic as this man and this speech.

Quetzal on September 24, 2011 at 2:03 AM

I’m only halfway through the short clip, and it’s already the best speech in the history of the UN.

Jaibones on September 23, 2011 at 11:30 PM

I heard the whole thing live on the radio today, and I agree.

I could not believe my ears, Bibi rocked.

UltimateBob on September 24, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Had to watch it again.

Now THAT was historic.

Beautiful words, Mr. Netanyahu.

UltimateBob on September 24, 2011 at 3:21 AM

Did someone here order the red meat?

That was me, Madge.

MJBrutus on September 24, 2011 at 4:35 AM

Speaking of zee Red Meat,Extreme,er,Vast LeftWing Anti-Israeli
Community Organizational,Yes We Can,Sh*t-Distrubering Protest
Goons…..get their Come-Uppance!!
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US students convicted for disrupting speech
Added: 26 mins ago Occurred On: Sep-24-2011
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Ten US college students from Southern California

have been convicted of unlawfully disrupting a speech by Israel’s ambassador to the US last year and placed on probation.

Friday’s verdict followed two full days of deliberations by a six-man, six-woman jury in a case that has touched off a furore over free-speech rights at the University of California at Irvine.
The students, who were ordered to perform 56 hours of community service, are to remain on probation for three years. But they could have that reduced to a year once they complete the community service.

Charges against an 11th defendant have been tentatively dismissed.

“We’re going to continue fighting this. We’re going to appeal this decision,” supporter Marya Bangee, 25, said outside the court.”These men to us represent our struggle for civil rights in this country and for them to be found guilty and sentenced for speaking their minds is devastating for us all.”
The case stems from a protest organised by the Muslim Student Union at the university against a February 8, 2010, speech there by Michael Oren, the Israeli diplomat.
Pro-Palestine protest
(More…Image and Video)
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b32_1316851608

canopfor on September 24, 2011 at 4:52 AM

Gosh, I think Netanyahu needed to ratchet things down a bit.

This was just not the time for an in-your-face speech.

The region is a powder keg right now and we need some statemanship.

Sorry, others can disagree but I just think it wasn’t the time for this type of address.

SteveMG on September 23, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Completely wrong. This is the kind of boldness that is absolutely necessary at just this time. The PBHO admin is projecting nothing but weakness and equivocation. Israel’s enemies are emboldened.

Its neighbors are desperately searching to distract from their own crumbling societies by aggressive provocation with Israel. Nations like Egypt and Syria whose populace is in revolt are playing the Pallie card. The Arab spring is not an awakening of the rights of men, it is the unleashing of several new power struggles among tribal strong men. Nations like Iran and Turkey are vying to expand their influence in the region by competing for which can be more provocative towards Israel and more useful to Israel’s terrorist neighbors.

Bibi is making it clear that Israel won’t be their pressure valve. That he won’t negotiate with murderous animals and that he won’t accept a terrorist state for his neighbor. He is saying that he won’t go along with the charade to placate those whose goal is the destruction of Israel. Israel is not going to be the weak horse!

It is a lesson that America needs to get back to. Peace through strength is the only way to prevent war in our imperfect world.

MJBrutus on September 24, 2011 at 4:52 AM

Another Linky,on the Hateing Rabid Protesters!
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It’s Unanimous: “The Irvine 11″ All Found Guilty
Sept 23 2011
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After more than two days of deliberation, an Orange County jury on Friday found 10 Muslim students guilty of two misdemeanors to conspire and then disrupt a February 2010 speech at UC Irvine last year by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
(More…………)

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/09/its-unanimous-irvine-11-all-found.htm

canopfor on September 24, 2011 at 5:03 AM

Might be a Linky Glitch!
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http://directorblue.blogspot.com/

canopfor on September 24, 2011 at 5:04 AM

He’s right. The U.N. is nothing but a bad joke. And we should stop funding it.

Murf76 on September 24, 2011 at 7:07 AM

I wish Mister Netanyahu was our president.

nwpammy on September 24, 2011 at 7:10 AM

Netanyahu is one of the last real men fit to lead.

The anti west – fabricators of AGW – warlord sympathizing -oil for food – pawns of hate went long with the POTUS’ hope and change mantra this week. I despise the left more and more the more they do, what a shameful lot.

Meanwhile, NASA can’t find one of their weather is not climate prediction satellites the size of a bus … future foretold.

kregg on September 24, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Calgon-y

As in “Calgon take me away?”

BCrago66 on September 24, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Can someone, anyone, tell me what the “Palestinians” have done to secure peace in the last 50 years?

Anybody? . . .

Anybody? . . .

BigAlSouth on September 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Simple fact: If the Palestinians unilaterally disarmed, there’d be instant peace and a Palestinian state in short order. If the Israelis unilaterally disarmed, there’d be a second Jewish Holocaust, looking much like the one 70-years ago. Obviously, a lot of UN members want Hitler’s project completed.

RBMN on September 23, 2011 at 10:09 PM

And they created a desert and called it peace.

Old Country Boy on September 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

There can be no peace until the Arab states take in the Palestine, or give land to its’ final state hood, with Israel. From Southern Lebanon, across Joran, parts of the West Bank from Israel, to the Sinai, and back around to Gaza. Alas, that might not due it since the Palestines are just cannon fodder for the Arabs to shoot Israel. It is a two-fer for them.

moyeti on September 24, 2011 at 8:53 AM

I would love it if we could kick the UN out of our country. It is indeed the theater of the absurd, a collection of overpaid, overrated, incompetent bureaucrats.

disa on September 24, 2011 at 9:22 AM

That Al-Aqsa Mosque should be turned into a nice Anglican chapel.

Akzed on September 24, 2011 at 9:40 AM

The best thing we could do to help Israel is to pump our own oil and gas with alacrity.

Akzed on September 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM

BCrago66 on September 24, 2011 at 7:41 AM

As in Madge saying, “You’re soaking in it.” :-)

MJBrutus on September 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Bibi should have asked the U.N. to first look into the Muslim occupations of Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon, half of Israel, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the southern Russian “stan” republics, as well as Malaysia, etc.

All occupied by invading Islamic forces starting in 622 A.D.

Formerly pagan, Christian, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Hindu, animist, Jain, Taoist, and Manichean lands.

He could have concluded:

When will Constantinople be freed from Islamic occupation!

profitsbeard on September 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I watched his speech live. I was moved by its simplicity and truthfulness and boldness, but mostly by his sincerity with Israel’s desire for peace.

The one line that really struck me in the speech was that if Iran doesn’t give up its nuclear ambitions, the Arab Spring was likely to turn into an Iranian winter.

Nuclear winter? Nothing too veiled about that promise.

Tennman on September 24, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Tennman on September 24, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Perhaps implied, but I think that the more likely threat from Iran is that they may come to think that they needn’t fear Israel’s arsenal any more. That they may become ever more belligerent and brazen in their support of terrorists. That they become more brazen in their attempt to dominate the Arab nations of the ME and push them towards war with Israel.

That isn’t to say that the possession of nukes is not in and of itself a dire threat. I just think that even Iran is not crazy enough to use them other than as a nuclear deterrent to checkmate the Israeli nuclear capability. For starters, Israel has a much more sophisticated arsenal as well as defenses which could place enough doubt in the minds of Iran that a strike would even reach Israel. Even if they are crazy enough to sacrifice their entire nation to kill the Jews I hope that Israel can present them with enough doubt to recognize that such a sacrifice may well leave them destroyed and Israel still standing. I could be wrong but I hope that Iran is practical enough to know that a nuclear war would not end well for them.

MJBrutus on September 24, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I’m often sorry to see the “United” Nations raise itself to prominence in the news, as its Assembly sets a bad example as to what a legislature is supposed to be and to do.

Marsili.us on September 24, 2011 at 12:02 PM

SteveMG=== Tone it down? Tone it down saw box cars full of people being taken to places to be destroyed, tone it down gave Hitler carte blanc to attack Poland. Tone it down let Stalin eliminate millions of his “enemies”

Every time the Steves of the world tone it down others pay with their lives and freedoms. No Bibi you stand tall and tell the world the truth, and that truth is the complete annihilation of a people. Tone it down and pay the price in death and destruction. The only one I want to see tone it down is you Steve! Your words either come from cowardice or Jew hatred. So YOU tone it down!

jainphx on September 24, 2011 at 1:39 PM

You want to talk about toning it down? Get this – Abbas’ formal request to Ban Ki-Moon asks for a state based on UNGAR 181(II).

That’s the 1947 partition plan. Except that he wants ALL of Jerusalem.

His only objective can be to start a conflagration in the Middle East that he hopes will set Israel on fire.

ProfessorMiao on September 24, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Pearls before swine, Bibi. But thank you, anyway.

spmat on September 25, 2011 at 11:54 PM

SteveMG on September 23, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Tone it down? What? Yeah, all that talk about peace we’re ready for a Palestinian state but we do need to make sure we have some security is really inflammatory stuff. What was he supposed to do, apologize for existing?!?

Bibi knocked it out of the park with this speech. I got goosebumps listening to the speech. He articulates so clearly the history of the conflict and puts the blame where it belongs with the Palestinians.

And for all those pressuring Israel to make unilateral concessions, you are only encouraging the conflict to continue. Because look at what Israel’s neighbors have gained over the last 35 years by refusing to make peace. They have got Israel to withdraw from Lebanon and Gaza, slow down settlements, give aid to the PA, risk their own security by loosening travel restrictions, and make more and more generous offers at every successive round of peace talks. The Palestinians keep getting rewarded for refusing to make peace with more and more concessions from Israel, so why would they want to stop all that by making peace and locking in a more permanent solution that would be more difficult to change later?

Even Bibi has been far too generous, but partly because he has to be, partly because of Obama’s lack of support and partly because of so many liberal doves in Israel itself. If it was politically sustainable, the correct action to force the Palestinians to the table would be to put them on notice that the longer they refused to start negotiations and make peace, the LESS generous the Israeli offers would be on a final agreement, the more settlements Israel would build and never give up, and there is NO chance that Israel ever unilaterally gives up land for peace outside of a solid peace agreement again. When you start making the refusal to make peace painful instead of gainful, then you will see the Palestinians either come to the negotiating table, or else show their true colors that anything less than Israel being driven into the sea and ethnically cleansed is not acceptable to them.

willamettevalley on September 26, 2011 at 2:47 AM