Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the gathering of UN delegates today in New York City and accomplished in his speech the one thing U.S. President Obama failed to do when he took center stage at the General Assembly just yesterday. Netanyahu simply told the sitting delegates the hard truth with deep sincerity and honesty.
The Prime Minister verbally backed the UN members into a corner and forced upon them a rude awakening by proclaiming they are now faced with a very tough decision -- support Israel or State-sponsored terrorism!
His pronouncement came on the heels of the speech given yesterday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that was laced throughout with hate, anti-semitism, holocaust denial and blatant disregard for Israel's right to exist. Many pro-democracy nations walked out of Ahmadinejad's disrespectful and hateful rant. Netanyahu took his time at the lectern to thank those who did so, for making such a public stand for liberty and condemnation of such hateful talk. For those nation members who stayed for the speech and even applauded Ahmadinejad's spiteful spewings Netanyahu had just one question - "Have you no shame?"
Today as the Israeli Prime Minister was invited to the podium many of those same delegates who praised Ahmandiejad departed the chamber before Netanyahu even began his first sentence. The Palestinian delegation filtered out over the course of the speech with only one female delegate left, and who eventually departed as well before the Prime Minister could finish.
Unlike the American President's speech the day before, the tenor from the Israeli Prime Minister was laced with hard-core facts concerning the real situation in the Middle East from the viewpoint of someone not new to the concern, but who has been in the front-line trenches for years versus only nine months. Netanyahu spoke eloquently about Israel's genuine desire to make a viable peace with its Arab neighbors. He reminded the gathered delegates that all through Israel's modern-day 62-year history whenever any Arab country or State desired real peace with them, Israel was more than willing to accommodate and seek out that peace. Netanyahu cited both Egypt and Jordan as perfect examples of how a successful and lasting peace was possible between such former bitter enemies. He also gave the delegates a refresher course in Middle East history, reminding his listeners that when this august body created a two-state solution in 1947 for the region it was the newly re-formed Israeli government and people who embraced it fully while every single Arab nation in the region rejected the notion of sharing the territory with a Jewish State and immediately surrounded and attacked the fledgling country hoping to destroy it as it emerged from the womb of the United Nations.
The Israeli Prime Minister was quick t point out that just like Egypt and Jordan, if Palestinians really desire peace then Israel would again embrace them as well. However, Netanyahu stated that as long as the UN allowed countries like Iran and Syria free-reign to usurp the ongoing peace effort between him and Palestinian leader Abbas by those nation's underhanded financial and military support of terror militant groups like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Al Queda, and others; then the failure of the peace rests squarely on the UN's shoulders, proving the critics of the world organization correct -- critics that say the UN has become nothing more than an irrelevant money-pit full of corrupt paper-pushers and money-grubbing opportunists with no real solutions for the world's problems or any power to make significant, positive change. The critic's pronouncement "The UN is a failed institution" will become a self-fulfilled prophecy.
If the UN allows this to happen then I can only echo the words of Benjamin Netnanyahu - "Have you no shame?"