Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an eloquent and forceful message to the international community about the urgent threat of militant Islam. The Prime Minister rightfully singled out the Iranian nuclear weapons program as the gravest threat to world peace and security.
AIPAC strongly believes that we cannot afford to underestimate the clear danger that a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic of Iran would have on America’s security and that of our allies. We cannot accept Iran as a nuclear-threshold state with its program’s infrastructure largely intact, which would be only a small step away from nuclear weapons capability. The United States must insist that any final nuclear agreement with Iran includes the dismantlement of its program such that Tehran is left without a uranium or plutonium path to a nuclear weapon.
Prime Minister Netanyahu also issued a strong and effective response to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ slanderous speech to the UN General Assembly. President Abbas’ remarks represented a cruel rebuff to both reality and the peace process. His divisive language of incitement, hatred and mendacity was an atrocious affront to all those who seek reconciliation in the region. We urge President Abbas to return to bilateral negotiations with Israel and not take counter-productive, unilateral steps at the UN or the International Criminal Court.
The Prime Minister spoke of a new Middle East that includes security challenges presented by militant Islam but also opportunities for peace. He noted specifically that “a broader rapprochement between Israel and the Arab world may help facilitate an Israeli-Palestinian peace.”
America must continue to stand with our democratic ally as she addresses these challenges and opportunities.