Netanyahu to UN: “… the institution. It’s the theater of the absurd”

I had the opportunity today to watch one of the most straight forward, no holds barred speeches I’ve ever seen given at the UN.  Diplomatic courtesy gave way to brutally honest truth from the Prime Minister of Israel. I found myself wanting to give the man a standing ovation time and again.  Excerpts follow and the full video of the speech… don’t miss it:

Ladies and gentlemen, in Israel our hope for peace never wanes. Our scientists, doctors, innovators, apply their genius to improve the world of tomorrow. Our artists, our writers, enrich the heritage of humanity. Now, I know that this is not exactly the image of Israel that is often portrayed in this hall. After all, it was here in 1975 that the age-old yearning of my people to restore our national life in our ancient biblical homeland — it was then that this was braided — branded, rather — shamefully, as racism. And it was here in 1980, right here, that the historic peace agreement between Israel and Egypt wasn’t praised; it was denounced! And it’s here year after year that Israel is unjustly singled out for condemnation. It’s singled out for condemnation more often than all the nations of the world combined. Twenty-one out of the 27 General Assembly resolutions condemn Israel — the one true democracy in the Middle East.

Well, this is an unfortunate part of the U.N. institution. It’s the — the theater of the absurd. It doesn’t only cast Israel as the villain; it often casts real villains in leading roles: Gadhafi’s Libya chaired the U.N. Commission on Human Rights; Saddam’s Iraq headed the U.N. Committee on Disarmament.

You might say: That’s the past. Well, here’s what’s happening now — right now, today. Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon now presides over the U.N. Security Council. This means, in effect, that a terror organization presides over the body entrusted with guaranteeing the world’s security.

You couldn’t make this thing up.

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Posted by on September 23, 2011.
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  • Anonymous

    Those bozos aren’t interested in the truth.  They want to keep their cushy jobs and perks so that they can party hearty in NYC.  That’s a lot better than having to grub for a living back home.

  • jim_m

    Israel is the only democracy in the region and it’s likely to remain the only one for the foreseeable future.

    The UN, on the other hand, has devolved from a forum lead by the western democracies to a rabble steered by third world kleptocracies and dictatorships.  It’s main function has moved from seeking world cooperation, development and peace to wealth redistribution from developed nations to unelected bureaucrats and those same kleptocracies mentioned above.

    The time has long since past to dismantle the UN.

    • Anonymous

      Turkey is a democracy.  And what about Iraq?  They have elections and a parliament there.   Lebanon is a democracy, too: even the Christians voted for Hezbollah after the Israeli invasion and bombing in 2006.

      • Anonymous

        How would you know? I mean, either your clairvoyant or you are making shit up? Christians? How would you know that? It is unknowable for anyone. Even one as traveled and educated in academia as you chucky..

        • Anonymous

          The Christian party headed by Gen. Michel Aoun is allied with Hezbollah.

          http://www.allgov.com/ViewNews/Some_Christians_Voting_for_Hezbollah_in_Lebanon_90601

          The fact is that Hezbollah has gained strength in proportion to Israeli attacks on Lebanon – it was Rabin who said the 1982 invasion made Hezbollah a force, and they gained more strength by fighting Israel to a standstill in 2006.

          Another example of how Israel’s failure to draw borders and cut a deal helps US enemies.

          • Anonymous

            That’s not very christian of them.

          • Anonymous

            I love your new Pikachu.

          • Anonymous

            Thank You! 

            He’s my H.P. Lovecraft Peekaboochu key-chain fob! He hates liars and goes absolutely rabidly bonkers whenever they appear behind a prompter or on the back nine while I have to work.

      • http://www.facebook.com/michael.laprarie Michael Laprarie

        Hmmmm … I wonder how Iraq became a democracy?

        • Anonymous

          . . .  at the cost of 4475 Americans and $2 trillion. 

          I’m sure they’ll be a strong ally to the USA in future years . . . NOT.

          • Anonymous

            At least  Sodomy insane has found a permanent rat hole to reside in.  An ally? About as much as Iran I’m sure. It has seemed to trigger overthrows of despots and barbaric lunatics  all across the mid east however..

  • herddog505

    Ouch.  That’s gotta leave a mark.

    Well, it WOULD do if the audience had an ounce of shame.  Or integrity.  And wasn’t a pack of anti-Semites.

    Netanyahu strikes me as a tough man and a fighter.  I’m afraid that he’s exactly what Israel needs right now.

    God help them, because I don’t think anybody else will.

    • jim_m

      What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  – ROM 8:31

      They shouldn’t have to worry.  Plus it helps that they have the bomb.

  • Anonymous

    That was pretty awesome. I canceled cable due to lack of interest,but I got lucky and caught the whole thing at work on Fox.
    He got some good applause a few times. I just have no faith that the UN will take it seriously.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    WE should take him seriously.

    There was some point to the UN in the post-WWII confusion and the subsequent Cold War.  It provided a convenient means for back-channel communications between the nuclear Superpowers, and a framework for peaceful resolutions of regional crises.  After Nixon’s Detente initiative opened more direct relations between the USA and USSR, the UN became superfluous. 

    Since then it has served primarily as a place for the cronies of the despots who rule poor countries to throw their country’s wealth around NYC while they stiff the city on parking fines.  Secondarily, as a place to denounce Israel.

    We are long past the time when our full participation made any sense.  It is ridiculous for us to beg leave of the Security Council to pursue our own national interests.  We can still participate in and support the several useful initiatives and programs operating under the UN umbrella while withdrawing from formal membership and kicking the thieves and murderers out of the country.

    • jim_m

      The US provides a plurality of the UN’s operating budget.  Without our support it would collapse in under a year.

      • Anonymous

        Under a year?  Even Barry would be hard pressed to match that pace with his destruction of America tour credentials…And he’s a scholar.

        • jim_m

          The US Supplies 22% of the UN’s budget so maybe not in a year but they can’t issue bonds like a sovereign nation.  No one else supplies that much and given the current economic situation I doubt anyone would be stepping up to replace it.

    • Anonymous

      The UN has done huge program work in tandem with the USA and coalition partners in Iraq, Afghanistan and places like Lebanon, Somalia and Sudan.   The UN is very useful to the USA. The rhetoric of powerless countries means nothing, in fact the UN is an auxiliary organization to NATO and OECD in many ways. Libya is a recent example.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, about as useful as OBAMA.   ssssssssssssssssucking sound!!

      • jim_m

        The $590,000,000 we give to the UN would b better used on NATO.  The UN is a club for thugs and dictators and a lot of money gets wasted on bogus human rights conferences that are nothing but anti-Semitic rallies. 

        When the tsunami happened at Christmas several years ago the US military provided the aid and the resources, the UN provided the limos and the press conferences.  When they are needed most the UN is the worst.  Peace keepers are more often then not rapists and pedophiles.  They do nothing to prevent violence upon the civilian population.  UN rules of engagement are designed to prevent engagement.  But the UN is very good at working to disarm the civilians so they have no means of defending themselves.

        The UN is a far cry from what it once was, if it ever really was what they claim it was.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, I’m sure NATO would be glad to provide peacekeepers in Haiti and the Congo - as long as they’re 90% U.S. troops.

          I’ve worked with UN-WFP in the past, as they were functionally supporting US military relief operations.  Fact is, the UN can go places and talk to people the US or NATO can’t, in behalf of policy goals in common with the US. 

          And of course there is no corruption in US operations, as Operation Iraqi Freedom proves.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Murphy/100001624276605 Ryan Murphy

            YOu mean like the amazing string of reported rapes wherever UN peacekeepers stay?

          • jim_m

            Meh.  Spend that half billion per year on the militaries of our NATO allies giving them the infrastructure to project their force outside of their own borders and I think you will have solved the problem.  A large part of NATO’s problems are that most of those nations lack the ability to transport their troops anywhere without a Eurail pass.

            Fact is that we don’t get good value for our money at the UN.

          • Anonymous

            The problem with NATO is not money, but political will.  They don’t want to “project their force” to places like Afghanistan or Congo.  If you think that giving Germany (a rich country) a couple hundred million is going to make them enthusiastic about sending the Bundeswehr around the world on peacekeeping missions, you know nothing about Europe.  Same with the French, Spanish, or Polish to a lesser degree.  True, we paid the Ukrainians and Georgians to go into Iraq, and they ripped off a few million in CERP money from us from what a soldier who was there told me.

            We don’t get good value for any of the money on these foreign adventures, whether it’s spent on the UN, DOD, DOS, USAID or smaller programs, but the UN is not much worse and in some cases better than the US.  Look at the hugely expensive US aid and embassy establishments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Murphy/100001624276605 Ryan Murphy

        THe UN is the problem, not the solution.  The best outcome for the world woudl be the immediate dissolution of an organization that puts Iran in its nbuclear regulatory authority, CHina on its human rights council. . heck, that allows Iran and Syria in AT ALL. . .

  • Anonymous

    I believe the world is a big place… but its not that big that America has to associate with countries and organizations that are not our friend, are not free, and are as duplicitous as hell in their dealings and behaviors.  

    Netanyahu is an honorable man, freely elected by his people to represent them.  I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday; and I can spot a disingenuous lie a mile away.  So to me, it was refreshing to hear Netanyahu’s honest, straightforward, and pointed words… spoken from the heart.

    But, the time to choose draws short;  as I opined earlier on a previous Wizbang thread (under ‘A Bold prediction’) – the ill winds of war are blowing in the Middle East, and thus America needs to render and affirm – both publicly and privately, unequivocally and without reservation – who our allies and friends are in the world.

    Will such an affirmation be enough to avert what is coming?  Maybe.  But if one allows one’s enemies to hold sway, then most assuredly it will not. The time for a decision approaches…

    My eternal hope is that our nation chooses wisely.

    Semper Fidelis-

    • Anonymous

      America needs to render and affirm – both publicly and privately, unequivocally and without reservation – who our allies and friends are in the world.

      I pick Turkey as an ally and friend.

      1.  They fought with us in the Korean War and saved the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division from being encircled and destroyed.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_Brigade

      2.  They hosted U.S. nuclear missiles in the Cold War.

      3.  Their 600,000 man army kept the Soviets from invading Western Europe

      4.  They still host USAF bases

      5.  They are fighting alongside us in Afghanistan now.

      6.  Turkish intellingence has never been caught spying on the USA

      7.  Turkey has never shot up and bombed a US Navy ship.

  • Anonymous

    It is impossible to take the UN seriously when Awkmydinkywad is given a forum to spew his terroristic dementia.  

  • Oysteria

    If one will remember correctly, the most commonly used phrase by the media during the 2006 Israel/Lebanon war was “disproportionate force”.  They didn’t fight to a standstill because Israel was incapable of subduing them utterly and completely due to Hezbollah’s “strength”.  The only reason Hezbollah gained strength is because of Israel’s monumental restraint.  They were restrained for two reasons.  Because they were roundly comdemned by every pious and indignant media personality out there and because Israel loves her sons and daughters.  And this was after Israel had conceded territory back to Lebanon – only so Hezbollah could reestablish shipping routes for arms, fly their flag atop UN establishments (who seemed to be just fine with that) and build armories under schools.

    • herddog505

      Exactly.  The Palis kill launch rockets into Israel, send a group of murderers to slit the throats of an Israeli family, blow up a bus of Israeli children, and that’s “regrettable” (but “understandable”).  The Israelis use a Hellfire to kill a Pali terrorist leader, and it’s Holocaust!!!  Disproportional!!!

      Talk about playing with a two-deaded penny…

  • Anonymous

    Given that the
    charter of the Likud Party, of which Netanyahu is leader, states unequivocally
    that they will never allow a Palestinian state anywhere west of the River
    Jordan i.e. in the West Bank, the statement delivered today by the UN Assembly
    Quartet, is complete nonsense – and they know that full well.

     

    It is merely
    another exercise in procrastination on behalf of the American Israel lobby in
    order to increase the half a million illegal settlers already in the West
    Bank.   Obama is following instructions
    from his political paymasters – he is entirely impotent in the matter.  Soon, of course, he will be gone and another
    president will take his place, one suitably willing to continue to enforce
    AIPAC’s agenda.

     

    Were this just a
    matter of American national politics, then the world would have little
    interest. Unfortunately, the US is still the world’s superpower that controls
    international and national politics and regimes.  And the power that controls the superpower is
    the Israel lobby. If anyone needs confirmation, then just read the
    statement!  No mention of the continued
    illegal settlements or of the PA application for the recognition of a
    Palestinian state and membership of the UN.

     

    This is not only
    the theater of the absurd but the theater of future war, death and destruction.

  • Anonymous

    Given that the
    charter of the Likud Party, of which Netanyahu is leader, states unequivocally
    that they will never allow a Palestinian state anywhere west of the River
    Jordan i.e. in the West Bank, the statement delivered today by the UN Assembly
    Quartet, is complete nonsense – and they know that full well.

     

    It is merely
    another exercise in procrastination on behalf of the American Israel lobby in
    order to increase the half a million illegal settlers already in the West
    Bank.   Obama is following instructions
    from his political paymasters – he is entirely impotent in the matter.  Soon, of course, he will be gone and another
    president will take his place, one suitably willing to continue to enforce
    AIPAC’s agenda.

     

    Were this just a
    matter of American national politics, then the world would have little
    interest. Unfortunately, the US is still the world’s superpower that controls
    international and national politics and regimes.  And the power that controls the superpower is
    the Israel lobby. If anyone needs confirmation, then just read the
    statement!  No mention of the continued
    illegal settlements or of the PA application for the recognition of a
    Palestinian state and membership of the UN.

     

    This is not only
    the theater of the absurd but the theater of future war, death and destruction.

  • Anonymous

    Theatre of pain!

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