Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a Churchillian speech to the United Nations General Assembly. I listened to this on Sirius Radio this morning on my drive to work… What an awesome speech? I believe that it is on the level of Churchill and other great statesmen. Complete Text of the Speech
One-third of all Jews perished in the conflagration. Nearly every Jewish family was affected, including my own. My wife’s grandparents, her fatherâ€™s two sisters and three brothers, and all the aunts, uncles and cousins were all murdered by the Nazis. Is that also a lie?
Yesterday, the man who calls the Holocaust a lie spoke from this podium. To those who refused to come here and to those who left this room in protest, I commend you. You stood up for moral clarity and you brought honor to your countries.
But to those who gave this Holocaust-denier a hearing, I say on behalf of my people, the Jewish people, and decent people everywhere: Have you no shame? Have you no decency? A mere six decades after the Holocaust, you give legitimacy to a man who denies that the murder of six million Jews took place and pledges to wipe out the Jewish state. What a disgrace! What a mockery of the charter of the United Nations!
In the past thirty years, this fanaticism has swept the globe with a murderous violence and cold-blooded impartiality in its choice of victims.Â Â It has callously slaughtered Moslems and Christians, Jews and Hindus, and many others.Â Though it is comprised of different offshoots, the adherents of this unforgiving creed seek to return humanity to medieval times. Wherever they can, they impose a backward regimented society where women, minorities, gays or anyone not deemed to be a true believer is brutally subjugated.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the jury is still out on the United Nations, and recent signs are not encouraging.Â Rather than condemning the terrorists and their Iranian patrons, some here have condemned their victims.Â That is exactly what a recent UN report on Gaza did, falsely equating the terrorists with those they targeted.Â
For eight long years, Hamas fired from Gaza thousands of missiles, mortars and rockets on nearby Israeli cities.Â Â Year after year, as these missiles were deliberately hurled at our civilians, not a single UN resolution was passed condemning those criminal attacks.Â
We heard nothing â€“ absolutely nothing â€“ from the UN Human Rights Council, a misnamed institution if there ever was one.Â In 2005, hoping to advance peace, Israel unilaterally withdrew from every inch of Gaza.Â It dismantled 21 settlements and uprooted over 8,000 Israelis.Â We didn’t get peace.Â Instead we got an Iranian backed terror base fifty miles from Tel Aviv.Â Â Life in Israeli towns and cities next to Gaza became a nightmare.
You see, the Hamas rocket attacks not only continued, they increased tenfold. Again, the UN was silent. Finally, after eight years of this unremitting assault, Israel was finally forced to respond.Â But how should we have responded?Â Well, there is only one example in history of thousands of rockets being fired on a country’s civilian population.Â It happened when the Nazis rocketed British cities during World War II.Â Â Â
During that war, the allies leveled German cities, causing hundreds of thousands of casualties.Â Â Israel chose to respond differently.Â Faced with an enemy committing a double war crime of firing on civilians while hiding behind civilians â€“ Israel sought to conduct surgical strikes against the rocket launchers.Â
That was no easy task because the terrorists were firing missiles from homes and schools, using mosques as weapons depots and ferreting explosives in ambulances. Israel, by contrast, tried to minimize casualties by urging Palestinian civilians to vacate the targeted areas.Â We dropped countless flyers over their homes, sent thousands of text messages and called thousands of cell phones asking people to leave.Â
Never has a country gone to such extraordinary lengths to remove the enemy’s civilian population from harm’s way.Â Â Yet faced with such a clear case of aggressor and victim, who did the UN Human Rights Council decide to condemn? Israel.Â A democracy legitimately defending itself against terror is morally hanged, drawn and quartered, and given an unfair trial to boot.Â
By these twisted standards, the UN Human Rights Council would have dragged Roosevelt and Churchill to the dock as war criminals.Â What a perversion of truth!Â What a perversion of justice!
Delegates of the United Nations, will you accept this farce?Â Â Â Because if you do, the United Nations would revert to its darkest days, when the worst violators of human rights sat in judgment against the law-abiding democracies, when Zionism was equated with racism and when an automatic majority could declare that the earth is flat.Â
If this body does not reject this report, it would send a message to terrorists everywhere: Terror pays; if you launch your attacks from densely populated areas, you will win immunity. And in condemning Israel, this body would also deal a mortal blow to peace.Â Here’s why.Â When Israel left Gaza, many hoped that the missile attacks would stop.Â Others believed that at the very least, Israel would have international legitimacy to exercise its right of self-defense.Â Â
What legitimacy?Â What self-defense?Â Â
The same UN that cheered Israel as it left Gaza and promised to back our right of self-defense now accuses us â€“my people, my country – of war crimes?Â And for what?Â For acting responsibly in self-defense.Â What a travesty!
Israel justly defended itself against terror.Â This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments.Â Â Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists?Â We must know the answer to that question now.Â Â Now and not later.Â Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow.Â Only if we have the confidence that we can defend ourselves can we take further risks for peace.
Ladies and Gentlemen, all of Israel wants peace.Â Â Any time an Arab leader genuinely wanted peace with us, we made peace.Â Â We made peace with Egypt led by Anwar Sadat.Â We made peace with Jordan led by King Hussein. And if the Palestinians truly want peace, I and my government, and the people of Israel, will make peace.Â But we want a genuine peace, a defensible peace, a permanent peace.