Israeli Prime Minister Lapid warns Iran in his UN speech: “We have capabilities and we are not afraid to use them”

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called Iran during a speech before the UN General Assembly on Thursday, accusing the Islamic nation of being behind an anti-Semitic campaign against Israel.

Lapid spoke of “two great threats” that Israel faces, tying Iran to both.

“The first is the nuclear threat. The fear of terrorist states and terrorist organizations getting their hands on nuclear weapons. The second threat is the end of the truth,” Lapid said. “Our democracies are slowly being poisoned by lies and false news. Reckless politicians, totalitarian states and radical organizations are undermining our perception of reality.”

Illustrating the second point, Lapid recalled the publication of a 3-year-old Palestinian girl named Malak al-Tanani who was allegedly killed along with her parents in an Israeli air force attack.

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid addresses the 77th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid addresses the 77th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday.
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“It was a heartbreaking image, but Malak Al Tanani doesn’t exist. The photo was taken from Instagram. It’s of a Russian girl,” he said.

“I can give you thousands of other examples of similar fake news about Israel. The anti-Israel movement has been spreading these lies for years. In the media, on college campuses and on social media,” Lapid said. “The question is not why they do it, but why are you willing to listen?”

Lapid said it’s all about anti-Semitism.

“Anti-Semitism is the willingness to believe the worst of Jews, no questions asked. Anti-Semitism is judging Israel by a different standard than any other country,” he said.

“Leading this orchestra of hatred is Iran,” said Lapid. He noted how Israeli and American flags are often burned on the streets of Iran, raising the question of the origin of these flags.

“The answer is: they are making them specially. Only then can they burn them,” he said. “This is what a hate industry looks like.”

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“The Iranian regime hates Jews, hates women, hates gays, hates the West,” he continued. “They hate and kill Muslims who think differently, like Salman Rushdie and Mahsa Amini. Their hatred is a way of life. It is a way to preserve their oppressive government.”

Turning to the other threat Israel faces, the nuclear one, Lapid said that Iran’s position on Israel is the only case in which a UN member state is openly calling for the destruction of another member state.

“If the Iranian regime gets a nuclear weapon, it will use it,” Lapid warned. “It needs to be made clear to Iran that if its nuclear program advances, the world will respond not with words, but with military force. Whenever such a threat has been put on the table in the past, Iran has stopped. and withdrawn ».

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Lapid also made it clear that the Jewish state should not be taken lightly.

“Jews today have a state,” he said in tacit contrast to the time of the Holocaust. “We have an army. We have great friendships, primarily with the United States. We have capabilities and we are not afraid to use them. We will do everything necessary: ​​Iran will not have a nuclear weapon. We will not stand for a while there are those who they try to kill us. Not anymore. Never again. “