video of Netanyahu speaking before the U.N.: Am Yisrael Chai

Partial transcript:
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Three thousand years ago, King David reigned over the Jewish state in our eternal capital, Jerusalem. I say that to all those who proclaim that the Jewish state has no roots in our region and that it will soon disappear.

Throughout our history, the Jewish people have overcome all the tyrants who have sought our destruction. It’s their ideologies that have been discarded by history.

The people of Israel live on. We say in Hebrew Am Yisrael Chai, and the Jewish state will live forever.

The Jewish people have lived in the land of Israel for thousands of years. Even after most of our people were exiled from it, Jews continued to live in the land of Israel throughout the ages. The masses of our people never gave up the dreamed of returning to our ancient homeland.

Defying the laws of history, we did just that. We ingathered the exiles, restored our independence and rebuilt our national life. The Jewish people have come home.

We will never be uprooted again.

Yesterday was Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.

Every year, for over three millennia, we have come together on this day of reflection and atonement. We take stock of our past. We pray for our future. We remember the sorrows of our persecution; we remember the great travails of our dispersion; we mourn the extermination of a third of our people, six million, in the Holocaust.

But at the end of Yom Kippur, we celebrate.

We celebrate the rebirth of Israel. We celebrate the heroism of our young men and women who have defended our people with the indomitable courage of Joshua, David, and the Maccabees of old. We celebrate the marvel of the flourishing modern Jewish state.

In Israel, we walk the same paths tread by our patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But we blaze new trails in science, technology, medicine, agriculture.

In Israel, the past and the future find common ground.

Unfortunately, that is not the case in many other countries. For today, a great battle is being waged between the modern and the medieval.

The forces of modernity seek a bright future in which the rights of all are protected, in which an ever-expanding digital library is available in the palm of every child, in which every life is sacred.

The forces of medievalism seek a world in which women and minorities are subjugated, in which knowledge is suppressed, in which not life but death is glorified.

These forces clash around the globe, but nowhere more starkly than in the Middle East.

Israel stands proudly with the forces of modernity. We protect the rights of all our citizens: men and women, Jews and Arabs, Muslims and Christians – all are equal before the law.

Israel is also making the world a better place: our scientists win Nobel Prizes. Our know-how is in every cell-phone and computer that you’re using. We prevent hunger by irrigating arid lands in Africa and Asia.


4 responses to “video of Netanyahu speaking before the U.N.: Am Yisrael Chai”

  1. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    Contrary to the 2011 UN speech by Netanyahu that I did not like at all for several precise reasons (at one time, he dared saying that he will be the first to welcome a new Palestinian state on the West Bank!!! To me, that was pure MADNESS to say that!!), this 2012 UN speech by Netanyahu, I did like it even though his talks on peace with various countries, I have my own points of view on this matter as you know very well.

    But I truly believe that Netanyahu should always speak in Hebrew at the UN. I know the various reasons advanced to justify using English but I nevertheless think that these reasons are simply not sufficient to switch to English.
    Maybe this particular speech, one could argue that English was a smart idea to use but, even in this particular case, I still believe that Hebrew should be used.
    Again, for any important and solemn speech at the UN, those representing Israel should speak in the language of the country where they come from. It is especially important for Israel.

    But as Mac said in another thread, I too thought that the red line that Netanyahu indicated was simply too high. Because at 90%, the only thing that remains is to put in place the detonator to trigger the enriched uranium, as I think that at 90% the enrichment phase of the uranium is basically completed if I understood well what Netanyahu said.
    And it will be probably extremely hard for Israel or other nations to spot when these 90% are reached!!

  2. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    An interesting article “Explosion at Malmo Jewish community building” at,7340,L-4286663,00.html because Malmo in Sweden has a large Muslim community.
    No need to ask you to confirm who did this terrorist attack!! Muslims!! In Israel? NO, in Europe!! And probably moderate Muslims as sometimes a few like to call them!!

  3. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    The comment by Netanyahu at the UN on King of David who “reigned over the Jewish state in our eternal capital, Jerusalem.” That is the long-overdue kind of comments that I really appreciate hearing and has been too rarely mentioned at the UN!!

  4. philipzhao says :

    As always, Netanyahu speaks as a giant, acts as a giant in sharp contrast with the Clown Obama !

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