In a forty-minute speech addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the presence of another undeclared Iranian nuclear site, and blasted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for hypocrisy, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.
At the beginning of his speech, Netanyahu revealed that Iran had a second nuclear facility hidden in Iran, near the archive from which Israeli commandoes recovered a half ton of nuclear documentation in January. The new facility, according to Netanyahu, is used for “storing massive amounts of equipment and material from Iran’s secret weapons program.”
He predicted that in the coming days, any nation with satellites will be able to detect Iranian officials moving material out of the warehouse. Netanyahu charged that Iran has already moved 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of radioactive material out of the warehouse and placing it around Tehran, putting the city’s residents at risk.
The reason Iran still had those facilities even after the 2015 nuclear deal “is because it is not finished with them.”
Netanyahu called on International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head, Yukiya Amano, whom he characterized as “a good man,” to “go and inspect this atomic warehouse immediately,” before Iran has a chance to clean the site of all nuclear evidence. The IAEA, Netanyahu said, had not followed up on the documents that Israel recovered from Iran and demanded access to nuclear sites for inspections.
The Israeli Prime Minister also accused European leaders of appeasement regarding Iran. “The same week Iran was caught red-handed for trying to murder European citizens,” Netanyahu recalled, “European leaders were laying out the red carpet for President Rouhani, pledging to give them more money.” He urged European leaders to join with the United States, Israel, and the Arab world in supporting stronger sanctions against Iran.
Netanyahu said that Israel would not tolerate Iran’s establishment of permanent military bases in Syria, and warned Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, that “Israel knows where you are doing it, and Israel will not let you get away with it.”
As a result of the Iranian threat, Netanyahu noted, Israel has experienced, “intimacy and friendship that I have not seen in my lifetime” with its Arab neighbors. “Israel,” he said, “deeply values these new friendships, and I hope the day will soon arrive when Israel will extend a formal peace, beyond Egypt and Jordan, to other Arab nations, including the Palestinians.”
However, he reserved sharp words for Abbas, who had spoken earlier in the day. While Abbas had claimed that the PA “resisted” Israel by “only peaceful means. We never use violence,” Netanyahu charged that the PA was, in fact, promoting terror. “They more they slay, the more you pay. and you condemn Israel’s morality? You call Israel racist? This is not the way to peace,” the prime minister said. He also chided the UN, who applauded Abbas, saying that, instead, they “should condemn such a despicable policy.”
In the end, Netanyahu praised the United States, especially President Donald Trump and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley “for the support they provide to Israel at the United Nations.”
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