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Fact checking Benjamin Netanyahu’s General Assembly speech

The speech was full of downright lies and “alternative facts”. Here is the reality.

Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trump’s controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier.

Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both leaders told a great deal of untruths and half-truths about the situation. Here are some of the most glaring untruths, followed by a factual explanation of the situation.

1. Iran is “devouring nations”. 

The full quote from Netanyahu is as follows:

“Well as you know, I strongly disagreed. I warned that when the sanctions on Iran would be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed, not joining the community of nations, but devouring nations, one after the other. And that’s precisely what Iran is doing today.

From the Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean, from Tehran to Tartus, an Iranian curtain is descending across the Middle East. Iran spreads this curtain of tyranny and terror over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere, and it pledges to extinguish the light of Israel”.

In reality, Iran occupies zero countries and has not occupied any country in its modern history. By contrast, Israel has occupied part of Syria, the Golan Heights, since 1967. This occupation is condemned by the United Nations and all five permanent members of the Security Council, including the United States.

The other country on Netanyahu’s list that has been occupied by Israel and not Iran is Lebanon. After invading Lebanon in 1982, Israel set up a permanent occupying force in southern Lebanon between 1985 and the year 2000. Israel maintained a presence in the country until 2006, when Israeli forces retreated in the face of strong Hezbollah defences.

Israel continues to occupy Palestine according to the UN and most impartial observers. It previously occupied Egypt, the Jordanian West Bank and in 1981, illegally bombed Iraq.

Iran by contrast has done no such things. The Iranian assistance provided to Syria during the conflict in the country has been done under a legal agreement with Damascus based on mutual friendship and a common cause against Salafist terrorism. Iran’s training of some Iraqi volunteers has been conducted on a similar basis.

By no logical stretch of the English language, could this been seen as “devouring nations”.

2. “We will act to prevent Iran from establishing permanent military bases in Syria for its air, sea and ground forces”

This statement while designed to sound like a defensive measure is actually an admission of a premeditated war crime. No foreign country can use the threat of force to blackmail its neighbours or anyone else when it comes to internal affairs.

If Syria invites Iran to establish some sort of permanent presence in the country, that is a matter which is strictly between Syria and Iran. To use this as a pretext for an act of war, is put simply, a war crime.

3. “Syria has barrel-bombed, starved, gassed and murdered hundreds of thousands of its own citizens and wounded millions more, while Israel has provided lifesaving medical care to thousands of Syrian victims of that very same carnage. Yet who does the World Health Organization criticize? Israel”.

This one is full of outright lies. First of all, prior to the conflict, not only were all Syrisns feed, but food prices were subsidised by the government, making nutritious foodstuffs more affordable in Syria than in most parts of the region.

Even today, Syrians are not starving, but due to western backed sanctions, food is more expensive and medicine is both more expensive and more scarce than they were prior to the conflict with Salafist terrorism. None of this has to do with the Syrian government nor its partners who continue to deliver aid.

Syria has not possessed any chemical weapons since 2013. In a joint effort by both Russia and the US, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons certified that by early 2014, there were no chemical weapons left in the Syrian governments hands.

Syria did develop a chemical weapons program in the 1970s in response to intelligence about Israel’s secretive nuclear weapons program.

In spite of this, Syria has never used chemical weapons, not on a foreign power and not internally.

The only chemical weapons in Syria today, are those in the hands of terrorists who are fighting Syria.

In respect of the Israeli hospital program. These hospitals have not been open to ordinary Syrians, let alone to the Syrian soldiers fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda.

Instead, the hospitals have perversely been used to give medical treatment to al-Qaeda and ISIS fighters who are known as some of the most violent terrorists in the world.

4. “Two years ago, I stood here and explained why the Iranian nuclear deal not only doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb, Iran’s nuclear program has what’s called a sunset clause”.

Not only does the JCPOA (aka Iran nuclear deal) prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but Barack Obama’s administration admitted this openly. The EU and Russia continue to express their support of the deal and the US State Department, EU and UN have all agreed that Iran is in full compliance with the deal.

The only country in the Middle East to develop and maintain nuclear weapons is Israel. Furthermore, Israel obtained its nuclear weapons without international sanction and to this day, refuses to admit to having nuclear weapons. As such, Israel is not a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Israel is one of only four nations in the world to have never signed the treaty.

Israeli historian Avner Cohen as well as the award-winning US journalist Seymour Hersh have confirmed the existence of the so-called ‘Samson Option’, wherein Israel will deploy its nuclear weapons if it feels its security is threatened.

During his speech at the UN, Netanyahu alluded to the ‘Samson Option’ in saying,

“Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril. Israel will defend itself with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions”.

In this sense, Iran has much more to fear form Israel than Israel has to fear from Iran, yet ironically it is Israel that continually protests about its own fears.

CONCLUSION: 

While Iran hasn’t invaded another country in its modern history, nor has it occupied a single country, Israel has occupied five: Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. Unlike Iran, Israel has nuclear bombs, unlike every other country in the Middle East.

With this record, it becomes clear who should be afraid of whom.

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seby
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seby

This slimeball could not talk straight if a pipe was coming out of his mouth.

What has the world come to, when people elect scumbags like these to “lead” them.

Norman
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Norman

Only if they’re scumbags themselves?

tapatio
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tapatio

You ignore the fact that most Jews are brainwashed, from birth, into believing that they are a “chosen” master race. Americans are brainwashed almost as thoroughly.

Norman
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Norman

Not ignoring anything, fact or otherwise. At some level you’d have to be in agreement with the scumbag to elect same, weither brainwashed or not. You walk away when you wake up?

tapatio
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tapatio

Brainwashed people have to be awakened. In IsraHELL’s case that awakening may take a couple of nuclear weapons. America will require more work – like a dollar that suddenly will buy what it’s worth…………nothing.

Norman
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Norman

America and Israel both are more than aware of everything that awaits them hence their plans and efforts to divert, forestall, avoid and or change the outcomes.

tapatio
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tapatio

The rulers of America and Israel are aware. The people are definitely NOT.

Norman
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Norman

Not knowing the full implications of one’s support for whatever cause does not absolve you from any and all of it’s consequences. Call to mind the adoration of the German people for Hitler and realise their complicity to later beg they did not know? How disingenuosly horrible and disgusting. Ultimately there could be reasons why many would not publicly voice their disapproval, but, to put it down to being brainwashed is laying it on too thick.

tapatio
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tapatio

Possibly, you may wish to learn about the conditions that led to the rise of Hitler. If you have been taught, for your entire life, that the sky is “pink” and finally learn that seven billion people call it “blue”, you are not at fault for the error. You’re making unreasonable assumptions about the ability of people to reason through issues. Many, many millions of Americans and others are TAUGHT that thought is wrong or a waste of time. They have to be taught otherwise. You can’t just tell them that they’re “stupid” or “bad” and expect results.

Norman
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Norman

It’s precisely the conditions that led to the rise of Hitler and his answers / solutions to all of it that found a home in the hearts and minds of most. They had , initially, no idea of the real intentions and horrors that would unfold but they stayed the course with Hitler didn’t they? Americans and the rest of the world are no different. Those few that are different is shouting in the wind. I wouldn’t plead the innocence of the “brainwashed” not when it comes down to making choices?

harris
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harris

“Many sincere Christians, ignorant of the facts, believe present-day
Jews to be “people of the Book” returning as “chosen of God” to their
Israel homeland. This is totally false. In fact, the whole theory that
God’s Chosen People return to Palestine before the reign of the Messiah
is unsupported by a line in the New Testament, which foretells only that
the Anti-Christ forces will be centered in and defeated in Palestine
before His Coming. They are there now.”

tapatio
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tapatio

You are entirely correct – except for the part about the anti-Christ being defeated in Palestine.

There’s no real reason for such an assumption. The battle-ground is Washington, London, Moscow and Beijing. BRICS will defeat the evil empire in those places, hopefully economically and not through nuclear war.

Don’t fantasize that humans can “interpret” what God wants. Be good and fight against evil. That is enough for us to think about. God’s going to do what God’s going to do.

Norman
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Norman

Entirely true. The battles and wars between nations is an entirely different matter than the battle between Christ and Satan. Not saying the one has nothing to do with the other. The one is designed to divert attention away from the other and just how near we are to the end of everything. Even so, we have time to disagree and fight one another on the details. Hilarious?

harris
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harris

exactly, it’s an apostate state.

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lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

Netbigobyu went to the same prep school as Trump,McCain,Obama,Bush,The Clintons and then 3 months in Hollywood as a finishing school..

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Pathetic Polish-Lithuanian Turd, who changed his surname in order to pretend to be part of the artificially created “Israeli Identity”.
Deception and lies from day one, it’s the Khazarian way of life. No honour, no morals, the ends justify the means.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Although of Jewish background, I am starting to turn anti Semitic.

tapatio
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tapatio

If you are of “Jewish background” the odds are 95% that you are Khazar (Polish-Ukrainian background) and have nothing to do with any Semitic culture or genes. Merely having ancestors who adopted Judaism 1400 years ago, even if you speak a dead language, doesn’t make you “Semitic”. Semites are ARABS.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Sorry Tapatio. I posted my sage advice before reading yours. I like Vera so that is probably OK.

tapatio
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tapatio

Ms Gottlieb seems nice and sensible. It doesn’t matter about both posting the same basic message. It happens all the time.

Norman
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Norman

Both Ishmael and Isaac are the sons of Abraham from different mothers. Abraham is a descendant of Arphaxad and Arphaxad a descendant of Shem which makes both Ishmael and Isaac to be Shemites. In time the word Shemites changed to Semites. The meaning did not however change.

tapatio
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tapatio

That’s nice. Everyone in the Middle East was Semitic. However, at tel Megiddo, Rome made the Hebrew version functionally extinct. Sadly, they didn’t do a thorough job. As to who begat whom 3000 to 4000 years ago (according to the cult that gave new meaning to prevarication), I couldn’t care less. If a Jew said the sky was blue, I would check to make sure that it hadn’t turned pink. I’ve read and compared the teachings of the BUddha, Jesus and Mohammad and concluded that Jesus and Mohammad intended to cure the world of the disease that was the old… Read more »

Norman
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Norman

“.. Jesus and Mohammed intended to cure the world of the disease that was the old Abrahamic cult.”? What on earth are you talking about. I cannot speak for Mohammed since I’m not absolutely familiar with his teachings but to assert that Jesus intended to do as you concluded is not true at all. Consider that Jesus has come and gone( to come again) and yet the disease as you call them remains to this day. The cult /disease as you call them has grown and multiplied. They’re still here. Your conclusion is faulty then.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

You are probably not a Semite but a Turkic Khazar. Ease into it by reading The Thirteenth Tribe, by Arthur Koestler, righteous Jew.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

As I just answered above…I want NO part of any religion.

Constantine
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Constantine

Opposing this Zionist supremacist slimeball doesn’t make you an anti-Semite or a self-hating Jew, it makes you a self-respecting Jew. Oliver Stone, Seymour Hersh and numerous others don’t have any personal issues when criticizing Israel and neither should you.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Please!!! Spare me this ‘self hating Jew’ crap! Those Germans who fought Hitler…would you have called them ‘self hating Germans’??? I have no use for Zionists – giving Judaism a bad name. I have become an atheist and want absolutely NO part of any religion.

Constantine
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Constantine

I am totally with you, Vera. That was precisely my point. Leaving aside personal religious convictions, I am in full agreement with your comment. The ”self-hating Jew” canard is used to denigrate the most ”dangerous” critics of Zionism: anti-Zionist Jews.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

I like the way you put it.

tapatio
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tapatio

IsraHELL, like the US and other Rothschild puppet states, is an outlaw state. It should be Boycotted-Divested-Sanctioned and Blockaded until it can either obey international law or collapses completely.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Quarantine.

tapatio
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tapatio

Exactly.

harris
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harris

Do you know that in France, they have passed laws wherein people get heavy fines and even are sentenced to prison terms ( ie Vincent Reynouard) for criticizing publicly Israel and history. Similar laws are being prepared in the UK and I think Congress in US is preparing some laws to tackle businesses who refuse to accept Israeli made goods…

tapatio
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tapatio

Those laws passed in France because their Parliament is just as corrupt as the US Congress.

I doubt that such laws can pass in the US or UK, though it’s possible that something similar to Germany’s laws could pass. That’s a more general restriction on public expression.

Doesn’t really matter. I’m going to say what I believe/know.

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

Fuckoff Bibi you asshole. Strangely enough, this monster gestated in Nazi Lithuania and Fascist Canada before going to Nazi finishing school – Israel – AKA The Jewish State.

Constantine
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Constantine

Netanyahu playing tough with other people’s backs. Let the US stop endlessly backing trash like him and then one may listen to a different tune coming from Tel Aviv.

GIVVO6_B
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GIVVO6_B

At least the kosher fascist did not have another childish cartoon to try and demonise Iran this time.

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