Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that critics of President Trump were “dead wrong”, predicting that attempts by the Trump administration to bring peace to the Middle East would fail – after a number of landmark deals were signed earlier this month. with the mediation of the United States.
Addressing the UN General Assembly in a pre-recorded speech, Netanyahu said Trump was the one who chose a different path to peace – a “path anchored in reality.”
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“He recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; he recognized Israel̵
Netanyahu continued: “Critics have argued that any of these steps by President Trump will kill the chances of peace. Well, they were wrong. Dead wrong. “
He spoke just two weeks after the signing of the Abrahamic Agreement in the White House. These agreements, signed between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Israel and Bahrain, saw the normalization of relations between the two Arab states and Israel – a set of deals that Trump hailed as “the dawn of a new Middle East.”
Netanyahu, who attended the ceremony, told the UN he believed more peace agreements with other Arab countries would follow.
“Now two Arab states have decided to make peace with Israel and more will follow,” he said, before rejecting the idea that the deals would make the deal between Israel and Palestine smaller. “The expanding circle of peace will not make the agreement between Israel and the Palestinians less likely.”
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“This will make peace between Israelis and Palestinians more likely,” he said.
He continued to urge the international community to oppose terrorist groups such as Hezbollah. Citing the recent explosion in Beirut, where Hezbollah has great power, Netanyahu cited a photo of Hezbollah’s secret storage weapon set up near a gas company and the entrance to a Hezbollah rocket plant. They were both in Beerut’s Jana neighborhood.
He encouraged people in the area to act now, warning that if it exploded, another tragedy like last month could affect their country.
“I tell the people of Lebanon that Israel does not mean harm. But Iran is doing it, he said. “Iran and Hezbollah are deliberately putting you and your families in serious danger.” “
On the issue of Iran, Netanyahu once again praised President Trump for his administration’s strategy to oppose Tehran, especially the 2018 decision to withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan.
“First and foremost, I congratulate President Trump on withdrawing from the flawed nuclear deal with Iran,” he said.
He also warned that due to a breach of the Iran deal, he would have enough uranium in a few months for two nuclear bombs and targeted “our European friends” and the UN Security Council to ignore Iran’s numerous violations.
Noting the Security Council’s failure to impose an expiring arms embargo on Iran, Netanyahu noted with some irony that “As long as the Security Council is divided, we are united in the region. Both the Arabs and the Israelis are together, demanding tough action against Iran. And when Arabs and Israelis agree, others must pay attention.
Earlier in the day, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, announced that his country would run for a seat on the UN Security Council for the 2022/23 session.
He said his nation’s call for an independent Palestinian state on the border with East Jerusalem in 1967, as its capital remained a “firm requirement”, and expressed hope that signing a peace agreement with Israel “would enable Palestinians and Israelis to rejoin peace talks. “
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Al Nahyan also called on Iran to abide by Security Council resolutions and to stop developing ballistic missile programs and to stop arming terrorist groups, while expressing concern about the state of Iran’s nuclear deal.
“As the nuclear agreement did not achieve the desired result, we hope that this experience will be useful in reaching a more comprehensive agreement that addresses the concerns of the countries in the region and makes them key partners in drafting the terms of the agreement,” he said.