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Netanyahu in UN speech slams Iran nuclear deal


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, October 1, delivered a fiery address at the UN condemning the Iranian nuclear deal, largely unbowed in his opposition despite losing steep political ground to President Barack Obama over the issue this year, the Wall Street Journal reports.
In his speech to the General Assembly, Netanyahu thundered that Iranian threats to destroy Israel have been met in the world body by “utter silence, deafening silence.”
He then stopped speaking for 45 seconds, panning the hall with a furrowed glare.
“Perhaps you can now understand why Israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal,” he said.
Netanyahu had thrown his support behind congressional opponents of the deal, delivering a controversial speech to Congress in March and meeting repeatedly with U.S. lawmakers.
“The president is proud of the strong relationship between our two countries, and the unshakable bond when it comes to our commitment to Israel’s security,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Thursday, when asked about the address.
Although as critical as ever, Netanyahu appeared to be careful in the address to maintain his ties with the U.S., something Israeli voters value.
His acknowledgment that the deal constrains Iran’s program, even if only for 10 to 15 years, indicates his desire to “change the channel” on the adversarial nature of his relationship with Mr. Obama, said Aaron David Miller, a former Middle East negotiator now at the Wilson Center.


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