'Distrust, dismantle and verify' || Live Blog | Netanyahu's address to the UNGA
I would like to trust Rohani, but I can't, prime minister tells UN; CNN reports speech aired on Iranian English-language TV.
Click here for the full transcript of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
8:12 P.M. Iranian ambassador at UNGA, answering Netanyahu: No one can dictate to Iran what to do or not to do.
8:11 P.M. Iranian ambassador at UNGA, answering Netanyahu: I don't want to dignify his allegations with an answer
8:01 P.M. Iranian ambassador takes the floor after Netanyahu's speech: Don't educate us. The one who should be educated is Israel that didn't sign NPT.
7:45 P.M. CNN: Netanyahu's speech was broadcast on Iranian English-language TV.
7:40 P.M. Netanyahu: The Jewish people will never be uprooted again.
7:37 P.M. Netanyahu: My predecessors and I have been willing to make painful concessions, but Palestinians have not yet been willing to do the same, and recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
7:35 P.M. Netanyahu: Many Arab countries have recognized that Israel is not their enemy. Israel welcomes engagement with the wider Arab world and continues to seek a historic compromise with our Palestinian neighbors that ends our conflict once and for all.
7:34 P.M. Netanyahu: Against the threat of a rogue regime that threatens to wipe Israel off the map, Israel is forced to defend itself. If Israel is forced to stand alone, it will, but in standing alone we will know that we are defending many, many others.
7:33 P.M. Netanyahu: If you want to cease Iran's nuclear program, don't let up the pressure. The greater the pressure, the greater the change. ... Distrust, dismantle and verify.
7:28 P.M. Netanyahu: A nuclear Iran would trigger an arms race in the Middle East and would turn the prospect of nuclear-armed terrorism into a reality.
7:27 P.M. Netanyahu: As dangerous as a nuclear-armed North Korea is, it doesn't compare to a nuclear-armed Iran.
7:26 P.M. Netanyahu compares Iranian nuclear program to that of North Korea.
7:25 P.M. Netanyahu: Rohani thinks he can have his yellowcake and eat it too.
7:24 P.M. Netanyahu: Rohani thinks he can get away with his "smile offensive" because he's gotten away with it before; his strategy of talking loud and doing little has worked for him in the past.
7:22 P.M. Netanyahu: Iran has one big problem: sanctions. The sanctions are bearing fruit, thanks to the efforts of many countries.
7:19 P.M. Netanyahu: It's not hard to find evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program, it's hard to find evidence that it doesn't have one.
7:17 P.M. Netanyahu: I wish I could believe Rohani but I don’t, because facts are stubborn things and the facts are that Iran's savage record flatly contradicts Rohani's soothing rhetoric.
7:16 P.M. Netanyahu: Rohani promises constructive engagement with other countries, yet two years ago Iranian agents tried to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador in Washington D.C. and just two weeks ago an Iranian agent was arrested in Israel for trying to plot an attack against the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv.
7:15 P.M. Netanyahu: Iran participates in Assad's murder and massacre of civilians.
7:14 P.M. Netanyahu: Rohani praised Iranian democracy, but his regime executed political protesters.
7:13 P.M. Netanyahu: Ahmadinjead was a wolf in wolf's clothing; Rohani is a wolf in sheep's clothing, who thinks he can pull wool over the international community's eyes.
7:10 P.M. Netanyahu: Rohani is a loyal servant to the Iranian ayatollahs' regime.
7:08 P.M. Netanyahu cites 2,500-year-old friendship with Persians, although unnamed Israeli official tells NYT they have "thousands of years of duplicity."
7:07 P.M. Netanyahu: Jewish history has taught us two things: Never give up hope, always remain vigilant.
A senior U.S. official told Haaretz that apart from Iran's nuclear program, Netanyahu and Obama discussed at length the progress of Israeli-Palestinian talks. The U.S. president told the prime minister that he appreciates the difficult decisions Netanyahu took to resume negotiations, especially the release of long-time Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails, and urged him to start seriously discussing core issues, among them borders, security arrangements, Palestinian refugees and Jerusalem.
After their meeting, Netanyahu and Obama had lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry. Afterward, Netanyahu held separate meetings with Biden and Kerry, and attended a farewell event for outgoing Israeli Ambassador to the United State Michael Oren on Capitol Hill. Netanyahu then flew to New York to prepare for his address to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
After presenting his speech, the prime minister will do a series of interviews with American media on Wednesday and Thursday before flying back to Israel, where he is expected to land Friday afternoon.