Netanyahu’s U.N. Remarks Rational, Realistic on Iran

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times

To the Editor:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly presented a cold, hard analysis of the history of Hassan Rouhani’s nuclear weapons doublespeak and the decades-long deception of the Iranian regime about its progress toward achieving a nuclear weapons capability.

Upbeat and optimistic it was not.  Sober and responsible for the leader of the Jewish state of Israel, it was.  No responsible leader facing the direct lethal threat to all of the people of his country would be expected to have done less.

The characterization of Mr. Netanyahu as “eager for a fight” is simply not supported by the text of the speech nor the actions of successive Israeli governments, including the current one, which have had to deal with the existential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

An honest assessment of the speech would have at least mentioned the fact that the prime minister included a clear expression of Israel’s willingness “to give diplomacy with Iran a chance to succeed.”  Again, Mr. Netanyahu was rational, realistic and open to avoiding the need for military force to prevent Iran from being able to annihilate Israel.


Abraham H. Foxman
National Director