Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that President Trump’s critics were “wrong” in predicting that the Trump administration’s attempts to bring peace to the Middle East would fail, after an agreement was signed earlier this month. series of historical agreements mediated by the United States.
Addressing the UN Annual General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech, Netanyahu said it was Trump who chose a different path to peace, “a path anchored in reality.”
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“It recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; it recognized Israel̵
Netanyahu continued: Critics argued that each of these steps by President Trump would kill the chances of peace. Well, they were wrong. Wrong of death. “
He spoke only two weeks after the signing of the “Abraham Accord” at the White House. Those agreements, signed between Israel and the UAE, and Israel and Bahrain, saw the normalization of relations between the two Arab countries and Israel – a series of agreements that Trump hailed as “the dawn of a new Middle East” .
Netanyahu, who was present at the ceremony, told the United Nations he believes more peace agreements with other Arab states will follow.
“Now two Arab states have decided to make peace with Israel, and others will follow,” he said, before dismissing the idea that the agreements would make an Israeli-Palestinian agreement less likely. “The expansion of the circle of peace will not make an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians less likely.”
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“It will make peace between Israelis and Palestinians more likely,” he said.
He went on to urge the international community to resist terrorist groups like Hezbollah. Referring to the recent explosion in Beirut, where Hezbollah holds great power, Netanyahu pointed to an image of a secret Hezbollah weapons depot set up near a gas company and the entrance to a Hezbollah missile factory. Both were in the Beirut neighborhood of Janah.
He encouraged people in the area to act now, warning that if it were to erupt, another tragedy like last month’s could hit their country.
“I tell the people of Lebanon, Israel does not mean harm. But Iran does, “he said.” Iran and Hezbollah have deliberately placed you and your families in grave danger. “
On the Iran issue, Netanyahu once again praised President Trump for his administration’s strategy of resisting Tehran, most notably the 2018 decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“First and foremost, I commend President Trump for withdrawing from the flawed nuclear deal with Iran,” he said.
He also warned that due to Iran’s breach of the agreement, he will have enough uranium in a few months for two nuclear bombs, and targeted “our European friends” and the UN Security Council for ignoring. the numerous transgressions of Iran.
Noting the Security Council’s failure to extend an expiring arms embargo to Iran, Netanyahu remarked with some irony that: “While the Security Council is divided, we in the region are united. Both Arabs and Israelis are united. together, calling for tough action against Iran. And when Arabs and Israelis agree, others should pay attention. “
Earlier in the day, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, announced that his country would run for a seat on the United Nations Security Council for the session. 2022/23.
He said his nation’s call for the creation of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 border with East Jerusalem as its capital remained “a firm call,” and said he hopes the signing of the peace agreement with Israel. “It will provide the opportunity for the Palestinians and Israelis to resume negotiations to achieve peace.”
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Al Nahyan also called on Iran to abide by Security Council resolutions and stop developing ballistic missile programs and stop arming terrorist groups, also expressing concern about the state of the Iranian nuclear deal.
“As the nuclear deal has not achieved the desired outcome, we hope that this experience will be helpful in reaching a more comprehensive agreement that addresses the concerns of states in the region and makes them key partners in drafting the terms of the deal,” he he said.