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Netanyahu's Remarks at General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans

6:27 PM, Nov 8, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, delivered a rousing speech in New Orleans earlier today. Here are a few key excerpts:

The greatest danger facing Israel and the world is the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran.  Iran threatens to annihilate Israel.  It denies the Holocaust.  It sponsors terror.  It confronts America in Afghanistan and Iraq.  It dominates Lebanon and Gaza.  It establishes beachheads in Arabia and in Africa.  It even spreads its influence into this hemisphere, into South America.

Now, this is what Iran is doing without nuclear weapons.  Imagine what it would do with them. Imagine the devastation that its terror proxies, Hezbollah and Hamas and others, would wreak under an Iranian nuclear umbrella. 

This is why Israel appreciates President Obama's successful efforts to have the UN Security Council adopt new sanctions against Iran.  It values American efforts to successfully mobilize other countries to pass tough sanctions of their own.  There is no doubt that these sanctions are putting strong economic pressures on the Iranian regime.

But we have yet to see any signs that the tyrants of Tehran are reconsidering their pursuit of nuclear weapons.  The only time that Iran suspended its nuclear program was for a brief period in 2003 when the regime believed it faced a credible threat of military action against it.  And the simple paradox is this: if the international community, led by the United States, hopes to stop Iran’s nuclear program without resorting to military action, it will have to convince Iran that it is prepared to take such action.   Containment will not work against Iran.  It won’t work with a brazen regime that accuses America of bombing its own cities on 9/11, openly calls for Israel’s annihilation, and is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. 

When faced with such a regime, the only responsible policy is to prevent it from developing atomic bombs in the first place.  The bottom line is this: Iran’s nuclear program must be stopped.  Iran’s nuclear program is the greatest danger we face.  The assault on Israel’s legitimacy is another.

We know from our history that attacks on the Jews were often preceded by attempts to dehumanize the Jewish people – to paint them as vile criminals, as the scourge of humanity.   This is why the attempts by our enemies and their misguided fellow travelers to delegitimize the Jewish state must be countered.

Whole thing here.

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