September 28, 2012 – New York – AJC applauds Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s renewed call for international action to forestall the menace of Iran’s nuclear program.
Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York, Netanyahu emphasized that while the fanatical regime in Tehran has specifically threatened to wipe Israel off the map, it is not only his country that is in danger.
“At stake is the future of the world. Nothing could imperil our future more than the arming of Iran with nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said. Pointing to the many acts of terrorism launched by an Iran without nuclear capacity, the prime minister declared: “Imagine their long-range missiles tipped with nuclear warheads, their terror networks armed with atomic bombs.”
Netanyahu’s impassioned speech came just two days after President Obama made a clarion call to confront Iran in his address to the UN General Assembly. Obama warned the 193-member world body that “time is not unlimited” to resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear program through diplomacy.
“Make no mistake, a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained,” Obama declared. “That’s why a coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable. And that’s why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
The president warned that a nuclear Iran “would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear-arms race in the region, and the unraveling of the non-proliferation treaty.”
“Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama agree on the grave threat Iran poses, and share a determination to mobilize the international community to stop Tehran from achieving nuclear-weapons capability,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. AJC has warned for years about the threat to world peace and security posed by Iran’s nuclear program.
Netanyahu, in his General Assembly address, also called on the Palestinian Authority to join Israel at the peace table rather than seek unilateral recognition through the UN.
“Israel remains ready, as it has been since its independence, to negotiate peace with all of its neighbors,” said Harris. “If the Palestinian leadership is indeed serious about achieving a permanent peace with Israel, then Mahmoud Abbas should, without further hesitation, accept Prime Minister Netanyahu’s offer to resume direct talks and stop finding unpersuasive excuses to avoid the peace table.”