Why Bibi Netanyahu Was Silent for More Than 30 Seconds at UN Should Have Washington Ashamed

| OCT 1, 2015 | 5:34 PM

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, where he blasted the global community for embracing the nuclear deal with Iran.

During his speech, Netanyahu expressed grave concern over Iran's anti-Semitic rhetoric and financing of terrorism:

“Seventy years after the murder of 6 million Jews, Iran’s leaders promise to destroy my country, murder my people and the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here, has been absolutely nothing.”

He added:

“Utter silence. Deafening silence.”

At that point in his speech, Netanyahu went silent and stared down the room full of world leaders and dignitaries.

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After a long and tense 45 seconds, Netanyahu said:

“perhaps you can now understand why Israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal.”

He added:

“If Iran’s rulers were working to destroy your countries, perhaps you’d be less enthusiastic about the deal. If Iran’s terror proxies were firing thousands of rockets at your cities, perhaps you’d be more measured in your praise. And if this deal were unleashing a nuclear arms race in your neighborhood, perhaps you’d be more reluctant to celebrate.”

The United Nations is a frequent venue for anti-Israel rhetoric. Last year, the U.N. condemned Israel for not sharing its self defense Iron Dome missile system with Hamas, the terrorist organization they have been fighting.

Also occurring on Thursday, the U.N. building in New York raised the Palestinian flag for the first time, due to its newfound “observer” status.