Netanyahu slams UN’s ‘deafening silence’ in a speech punctuated by his own 40 seconds of silence

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a blunt address to the United Nations General Assembly, slammed the world body for its indifference to Iranian threats to destroy Israel.

Israel's Netanyahu gave the UN the silence treatment.
Israel’s Netanyahu gave the UN the silence treatment.

Netanyahu said that the Iran deal “doesn’t make peace more likely,” but by giving Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief the deal makes war more likely.

The nuclear deal “will not turn the rapacious tiger into a kitten,” he said. “When bad behavior is rewarded it only gets worse,” he added.

He slammed the UN’s “deafening silence” in the face of Iran’s threats to wipe out Israel. The prime minister then remained silent for more than 40 seconds to drive home his point.

Common dangers, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant and Iran are bringing Israel and its Arab neighbors closer, Netanyahu said.

He said that he hoped to build partnerships with these nations, but said that the alliance between Israel and the United States would remain the Jewish state’s most important relationship.

“Our differences about the nuclear deal are a disagreement within the family,” he said, echoing U..S President Barack Obama.

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