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tv   Israeli Prime Minister at UN General Assembly  CSPAN  September 23, 2022 11:11am-11:39am EDT

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total. we will be a dynamic, reliable and trustworthy partner. together with our friends and allies around the world, we will continue to champion freedom, sovereignty, and democracy. and together, we can design this new era as one of hope and progress. thank you. >> the israeli prime minister called for a two state solution with palestine and the need for peace in gaza. >> we shall now continue the general debate. the assembly will hear an address by his excellency the prime minister and minister for foreign affairs of the state of israel. i request protocol to escort his excellency.
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i have great pleasure in welcoming his excellency lapid, prime minister and minister of foreign affairs of the state of israel. i invite him to address the assembly. >> thank you. mr. president, mr. secretary-general, delegates, ladies and gentlemen. in november 1947 this general assembly gathered and decided upon the creation of a jewish state.
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and a robot which can perform spinal surgeries. a world leader in water and food , cyber defense and renewable energy, with 13 nobel prize winners in literature and chemistry, economics, and peace. how did this happen? it happened because we decided not to be a victim. we chose not to dwell on the pain of the past but rather to focus on the hope of the future. we chose to invest our energies in building a nation, into building a happy society, optimistic and creative. we did not only reach the promised land, we are building
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the promised land. history is determined by people. we need to understand history, respect it, and learn from it but also be willing and able to change it. to choose the future over the past, peace over war, partnership over seclusion and isolation. a few months ago we convened the historic summit and had a dinner not far from the grave of the founding father of the state of israel. there were six of us. representatives of egypt, the united arab emirates, bahrain, and israel. two years ago no one would have
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believed it was possible. then the door opened, someone came in and said i am sorry to disturb you, but there was a terror attack not far from tel aviv, two israelis were murdered. in an instant, we all understood the goal of the attack was to destroy the summit, to create anger among us, to cause us to argue and divide this new partnership between us. i said to the foreign ministers, we have to condemn this terror attack right now together. we have to show the world that terror will not triumph. the room fell silent. then one of the arab foreign ministers said, but we are always against terror. this is why we are here.
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five minutes later we put out the joint statement from the six of us condemning the attack and sanctifying life, cooperation, and our belief there is a different way. the summit continued. agreements were signed. working groups were formed to deal with issues of technology, food security, energy, water, education, and infrastructure. those working groups are changing the face of the middle east as we. the people of the middle east, the people of the entire world should look around and ask themselves who is doing better,? those who chose the path of peace or those who chose the way of war?
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those who chose to invest in the people's country or those who chose to invest in the destruction of others? those who believe in education, tolerance, and technology, or those who believe in bigotry and violence? whenever i meet someone who has criticism of israel, i always have the same answer. , and visit us. come and meet the real israel. you will fall in love. a country which combines breathtaking innovation with a great sense of history, great people, great food, great spirits, a country in which choose, muslims, and christians live together with full civic equality. the government which i lead, there are arab ministers. there is an arab party as a
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member of our coalition. we have arab judges in our supreme court. arab doctors saving lives in our hospitals. israeli arabs are not our enemies, they are our partners in life. , and visit us. you will discover that israel is an incredible cultural mosaic, from the snowy mountains to the desert sands. from tel aviv, the high-tech capital and nonstop party on the mediterranean sea to jerusalem, our eternal capital, the holy city for three religions in hughes -- in whose beautiful streets the past meets the future every single day. there are two major threats hanging over the head of our wonderful country.
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they also hang over your head, even though you might try to deny them. the first is the nuclear threat. the fear that terrorist states and terrorist organizations will get their hands on nuclear weapons. the second threat is the demise of truth. dee slly being poisoned by lies and fake news. reckless politicians, totalitarian states and radical organizations are undermining our perception of reality. we should know there is no country in the world that face of this phenomenon more than israel. there is no country that has prom under greater attack of lies with such a vast amount of money being invested is
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spreading disinformation about it. last may, the picture of a three-year-old palestinian girl was published all over the world with the terrible news that she was killed with her parents in an attack by the israeli air force. it was a heartbreaking image. but she does not exist. the photo was taken from instagram. it is of a girl from russia. i can give you thousands more examples of similar fate news about israel. the anti-israel movement has been spreading these lies for years. in the media, on college campuses, and on social media. the question is not why they do
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it, but why are you willing to listen? why are you listening to people who have invested billions of dollars in distorting the truth? why do you side with islamic activists who hang day people from cranes, press women, and fire rockets at civilians from kindergartens and hospitals? i am not a guest in this building. israel is a proud sovereign nation and an equal member of the united nations. we will not be silence when those who wish to harm us use this very stage the spread lies about us. anti-semitism is the willingness to bruise -- to believe the worst about the choose without questioning. anti-semitism is judging israel
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by a different standard than any other country. conducting this orchestra of hate is iran. for more than 40 years, in the town squares and on the streets of iran, demonstrators have been photographed burning israeli and american flags. ask yourself, where are the flags coming from? how did they get so many of our flags? the answer is they are manufacturing them specially just so they can burn them. this is what industry of hate looks like. this is a regime that deals with hatred. they even hate their own people. young iranians are suffering and struggling from the shackles of iran's regime and the world is silent.
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they cry for help through social media. they pay for the desire to live a life of freedom with their lives. iran's regime hates choose, hates women, hates gay people, hates the west. they hate and they kill muslims who think differently like salman rushdie. there hate is a way of life. it is a way to preserve the oppressive rule. there is only one member state in the u.n. that openly states it wished to destroy another member state. iran has declared time and time again that it is interested in the total destruction of the state of israel. this building is silent. what are you afraid of?
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has there ever been a time in human history where silence stopped violence? the country that wants to destroy us is also the country that founded the largest terrorist organization in the world. iran funds hamas and islamic jihad and is behind mass terrorist attacks from bulgaria to buenos aires. it is a murderous dictatorship that is making every effort to get a nuclear weapon. if the iranian regime gets a nuclear weapon, they will use it. the only way to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon is to put a credible military threat on the table. then and only then to negotiate
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a longer and stronger deal with them. it needs to be made clear to iran that if it advances a nuclear program, the world will not respond with words but with military force. every time a threat like that was put on the table in the past, iran stopped and retreated. today the world is choosing these options. it chooses not to believe the worst despite all of the evidence to the contrary. israel does not have this privilege. this time we are not standing empty-handed against those who want to destroy us. the juice -- the jews today have a state, we have an army, we have great friendships, first and foremost with united states.
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we have capabilities that we are not afraid to use them. we will do whatever it takes. iran will not get a nuclear weapon. we will not stand by while there are those who try to kill us. not again. never again. israel's economic and military strength allows us to protect ourselves but it also allows us something else to strive for peace with the entire arab world or with our closest neighbors, the palestinians. in agreement with the palestinians based on the two states or two people is the right thing for israel's security, for israel's economy,
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and for the future of our children. peace is not a compromise. it is the most courageous decision we can make. peace is not weakness. it embodies within it the entire might of the human spirit. war is a surrender to all that is bad within us. peace is the victory of all that is good. despite all of the obstacles still today, a large majority of israelis support the vision of the dose two state solution. i am one of them. we have only one condition. that the future palestinian state will be a peaceful one, that it will not be, another terror base from which to threaten the well-being and existence of israel. that we will have the ability to
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protect the security of all of the citizens of israel at all times. if someone believes that demand is too much, look at the neighborhood in which we live. look at syria were regime massacred half a million of its own people. look at afghanistan and libya and iran. you can ask us to live according to the values in the u.n. charter, but you cannot ask us to die for them. my father was a child in the ghetto. my grandfather was murdered in a concentration camp. we want to live in peace, but
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only if it gives us security, knauf -- not if it threatens us even more. look at gaza. israel did everything the world asked of us, including from this very stage. we left. 17 years ago. we dismantled the settlements, took apart our military bases, there is not a single israeli soldier in gaza. we left them 3000 greenhouses so they could start to build an economy for themselves. what did they do in response? in less than a year, hamas came to power. they destroyed the greenhouses and replace them with terrorist training camps and rocket launch sites. since we left gaza over 20,000
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rockets and missiles have been fired at israel, all of them at civilians, all of them at our children. i have a child with special needs. she is autistic. she does not speak. in may last year i had to wake her at 3:00 in the morning and run down with her to the bomb shelter because missiles were exploding above our home. all those who preach about the importance of peace are welcome to try running to a bomb shelter at 3:00 a.m. for eight -- with a girl who does not speak to explain to her why there are those who want to kill her.
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in this building we have been asked more than once why we do not lift the restrictions on gaza. we are ready to do that tomorrow morning. we are ready to do more than that. i say to the people of gaza, we are ready to help you build a better life, build an economy. we presented a comprehensive plan to help rebuild gaza. we only have one condition. stop firing rockets and missiles at our children. put down your weapons. there will be no restrictions. put down your weapons and bring home our children while being held in captivity. we will build your economy together. we can build your future
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together, both in gaza and in the west bank. put down your weapons and prove that hamas and islamic jihad are not going to take over the palestinian state you want to create. put down your weapons and there will be peace. that is the minimum i owe my grandfather, my father, and my daughter. the jewish people have learned the lessons of the past. our security is guaranteed by our military might, our economic ingenuity, our democratic resilience. israel seeks peace with all of our neighbors, all of our neighbors. we are not going anywhere. the middle east is our home.
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we are here to stay forever. we call upon every muslim country from saudi arabia to indonesia to recognize that and to talk to us. our hand is outstretched for peace. conflicts do not disappear on their own. hostility does not disappear on its own. people create conflicts, people can also replace them with friendship, kindness, and common good. the burden of proof is not on us. we have already proved our desire for peace. our peace treaty with egypt has been fully implemented for 43 years now. our peace treaty with jordan for 28 years.
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we are a country that keeps its word and fulfills agreements. we proved our desire for peace through the accords, through the summit, and the agreements with the arab world. in the book of numbers, there is a verse that every jew is familiar with. "may the lord raise his countenance towards you and grant you peace." the state of israel is the only country in the world founded by a book. the book of books. that book and the principles of liberal democracy require us to
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stretch out our hands in peace. our history requires us to be clear eyed about it and very careful. that is how we have made peace in the past. that is how we will make peace in the future. thank you. [applause] >> on behalf of the assembly, i wish to thank the prime minister and minister of the state of israel for the statement just made die request protocol to escort his excellency. >> today a group of business and community leaders will discuss how the pandemic has changed the economy and way of life. this discussion as part of a federal reserve initiative called the fed listens, which aims to engage and listen to the public on how monetary policy impacts them.
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