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Haaretz Analysts Weigh in on Netanyahu's UNGA Speech

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the podium Tuesday for the final speech of the 68th United Nations General Assembly. In his address, he reiterated that Israel would not waiver in its stance on Iran, despite President Hassan Rohani's diplomatic overtures to the West.

Here is what Haaretz analysts take on Netanyahu's speech:

The recent thaw in Iranian-U.S. relations has forced Netanyahu to give diplomacy a chance despite his blatant distrust of Tehran's intentions, Amos Harel writes. Netanyahu's speech shows he understands that it's time for diplomacy, and that while he can make demands and warn against Iranian duplicity, he cannot truly influence events.

The Israeli military threat made a major comeback in Netanyahu's speech, says Ari Shavit, despite its undramatic delivery. 

Netanyahu's powerful indictment of Iran's nuclear aspirations fell on deaf ears, laments Chemi Shalev. Netanyahu is stuck on the sidelines while Rohani steals the spotlight as the new "it" foreign leader of 2013.

Netanyahu's speech was too dry, dispassionate and predictable to be memorable, writes Yossi Verter. Okay, so the prime minister is threatening to take military action against Iran. Tell us something we don't already know. 

Netanyahu sounded like a broken record with a speech that was disappointing and dull, charges Barak Ravid. By threatening to attack Iran unilaterally, the prime minister appeared diplomatically impotent and unwilling to join the Western powers in the search for a common strategy.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Oct. 1, 2013.Credit: AP