Live blog: Netanyahu speaks at the UN General Assembly
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses UNGA, says by next summer it could be a matter of months - or weeks - until Iran has a high enough level of enriched uranium for a bomb.
8:17 P.M. FM Lieberman speaks after Netanyahu's speech: PM's diagram clear, not meant for leaders but for general public. Says also thinks PM emphasized that Obama saying at UNGA that he is not willing to let Iran develop nuclear weapons speaks for itself. We have to hope that not only the U.S., ut also whole world will understand and want to avoid a war, says Lieberman.
8:11 P.M Netanyahu: The goal of stopping Iran's nuclear program is a shared one. We are in talks with the U.S. on this issue.
8:10 P.M. I believe that faced with a clear red line, Iran will back down - and it will give more time for sanctions and diplomacy.
8:09 P.M. Netanyahu: there are some who claim that even if Iran crosses the red line we will know when and where the Iranians are building a bomb. But intelligence agencies are not full proof
8:07 P.M. Netanyahu draws a red line on his diagram.... with red pen....
8:05 P.M. Netanyahu takes out a diagram to show what Iran needs to do to develop an atomic bomb. Netanyahu: Iran is 70 percent of the way there, and are well into the second stage. By next summer, at current enrichment rates, they will have finished the medium enrichment and move on to the final stage. From there it is only a few more weeks before they have enriched enough for a bomb.
8:02 P.M. Netanyahu: Red lines can be drawn in various parts of the nuclear program, but they must be drawn on Iran's efforts to enrich uranium.
8:01 P.M. Netanyahu: There is only one way to peacefully stop Iran - and this is by placing a clear red line on Iran's nuclear program. Red lines do not lead to war, they prevent war. Red lines might have prevented WW2. Red lines might have avoided first Gulf War.
8:00 P.M. Netanyahu: Under Obama's leadership, some of harshest sanctions on Iran have been passed. But we must face the truth - sanctions have not stopped Iran's nuclear program either. According to IAEA, Iran has doubdle its number of centrifuges. The only way to stop it is to place a clear red line on Iran's nuclear program.
7:59 P.M. Netanyahu: It is not only my right to speak, it is my duty to speak about Iran. Diplomacy hasn't worked, Iran uses diplomacy as a means to advance its nuclear program.
7:56 P.M. Netanyahu quotes Historian Bernard Lewis: For Iran's leaders, mutual self-destruction is an incentive - Iran's policy is guided by Shi'ite belief in the return of the Mahdi.
7:55 P.M. Netanyahu: deterrence worked with the soviet union - it may not work with Iran once they get nuclear weapons
7:54 P.M. Netanyahu: Iran's rulers continually deny the holocaust and call for Israel's destruction, as they did from the UNGA this week. If this is Iranian aggression without nuclear weapons, just imagine Iran with nuclear weapons. Who would be safe in the Middle East? In Europe? In America? Anywhere?
7:53 P.M. Netanyahu: Nothing could imperil the world more than a nuclear-armed Iran. To understand the impact, imagine a nuclear-armed al-Qaida.
7:52 P.M. Netanyahu: The question is not whether this fanaticism will be defeated, but how many lives will be lost in the meantime. Those who opposed Hitler waited too long - we can't let that happen again - at stake is the future of the world.
7:51 P.M. Netanyahu: Ultimately light will penetrate the darkness. A cloistered middle east will eventually yield to the light of freedom and technology.
7:50 P.M. Netanyahu: Militant Islamists want to end the modern world.
7:48 P.M. Netanyahu: Abbas just spoke here. We won't solve our conflict with libelous speeches at the UN.
7:47 P.M. Every year thousands of Arabs from the PA and throughout Mideast comes to Israel to be treated in Israel hospital by Israeli doctors. You won't hear that from these other speakers here, but this is the truth.
7:46 P.M. Netanyahu: Israel stands proudly with the forces of modernity, Israel helps make the world a better place.
7:44 P.M. Netanyahu: In Israel we walk the same paths tread by our patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but we blaze new paths. Unfortunatley that's not the case in many countries. Today a great battle is being waged between the modern and the medieval.
7:43 P.M. The Jewish people will never be uprooted again, says Netanyahu.
7:42 P.M. Netanyahu: The people of Israel live on - and the Jewish state will live forever. Jews continued to live in the land of Israel throughout the ages, most never gave up on the dream of returning to the ancient homeland.
7:41 P.M. Netanyahu takes to the podium at UNGA.
6.39 P.M. White House press secretary Jay Carney says U.S. President Obama will talk on the phone with PM Netanyahu tomorrow as a follow up to the latter's meeting with Clinton.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plane landed in New York on Thursday, ahead of his planned address before the United Nations General Assembly later in the day. Netanyahu was scheduled to speak one hour after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Before boarding his post-Yom Kippur flight to New York on Wednesday, Netanyahu said,"The people are united in their demand that Iran not achieve nuclear weapons. I’m traveling to the UN to speak there in the name of the people. We have overcome many enemies in the past, and we’ll overcome this one too."
On Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the podium, saying that Iran is under threat of military action from “uncivilized Zionists." He said that such threats from big powers are designed to force nations into submission. Egypt’s new president, Mohammed Morsi also addressed the 193-nation assembly that day. On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the UNGA, saying the United States will "do what it must" to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
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