New York, NY, September 29, 2014 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today commended Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address before the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), calling it “an unvarnished and sobering catalog” of global challenges and “a vision of the hope for a better future.”
Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
Prime Minister Netanyahu indeed spoke ‘truth to power’ with his unvarnished and sobering catalog of the challenges of militant Islam and its pursuit of global primacy, the hypocrisy of the U.N. Human Rights Council and the dangers of allowing Iran to reach the threshold of a nuclear weapons breakout capability. The Prime Minister spoke proudly of the commitment of the Israel Defense Forces in upholding the utmost moral values and also presented a vision of the hope for a better future, identifying the need and opportunity for Middle Eastern cooperation and reconciliation, while forcefully underscoring Israel’s commitment to the pursuit of peace.
The international community is fully aware of the issues raised by Prime Minister Netanyahu and he called on member states of the U.N. to directly confront and meet the challenges. Will the international community effectively acknowledge and overcome the threat posed by the militant ideology of ISIS fighters, Hamas terrorists, and the ideologues of the Iranian regime? Will they challenge the surge of anti-Semitism? Will the world come together to promote partnership and understanding in the Middle East?
The Prime Minister’s vision for a better future for Palestinians and Israelis was a powerful counterpoint to Palestinian Authority President Abbas’ speech to the UNGA, which, in aggressive and hate-filled rhetoric, vilified Israel, and repudiated even the hope of peace and reconciliation.