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President Trump Slams Iran in UNGA Speech

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25 Sep 2019
President Trump Slams Iran in UNGA Speech
Addressing the 74th UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday evening, US President Donald Trump condemned the clerical regime which rules Iran, for blaming “everyone else for the problems they alone have created.” He gave as examples how those leaders “conduct ritual chants of ‘Death to America’ and traffic in monstrous antisemitism…fanatics have long used hatred of Israel to distract from their own failures. Thankfully, there is a growing recognition in the wider Middle East that the countries of the region share a common interest in battling extremism and unleashing economic opportunity.”

"That “is why it is so important to have full, normalized relations between Israel and its neighbors,” he added. “Only a relationship built on common interests, mutual respect and religious tolerance can forge a better future…no responsible government should subsidize Iran’s blood lust. As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues, sanctions will not be lifted: They will be tightened.”

“The US is ready to embrace friendship with all who genially seek peace and respect,” Trump said. “The US has never believed in permanent enemies. America knows that while anyone can make war, only the most courageous can choose peace.”

Here is the video of his full speech



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke with the media on Tuesday, saying among other things that he is open to small changes in the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal.

His remarks came as French President Emmanuel Macron told journalists that “We have to get back around the table to have a frank and demanding discussion.”

These sentiments were echoed by other European leaders.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a video in which he said; “Britain, France and Germany have said that Iran is responsible for the recent attack on Saudi Arabia. Let me say on behalf of Israel, very simply: Iran did it. A to Z. Israel will know to defend itself against this type of aggression. We call on all members of the international community to join President Trump’s effort to increase the pressure on Iran. That’s the only way to stop Iran’s aggression.”

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz also issued a statement “applauding President Trump on his call for an international front against the Iranian nuclear threat. Iran is first and foremost a threat to international peace and is a hostile force against regional stability. It is incumbent upon the international community to impose sanctions and to enforce sanctions already in place in order to put pressure on Iran.”

Here are some videos giving further analysis and context to this situation





Iranian Base Being Rebuilt in Syria
Recon Satellite company ImageSat International (ISI) published photographs of the Imam Ali military base near the Syrian-Iraqi border town of Al-Bukamal on Tuesday. The pictures show that the base, which is a project of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and sustained heavy damage in air strikes by unidentified aircraft on 9 September, is being repaired. “Despite the reported attack, new military infrastructures, such as fortification and revetments, access roads and trails within and around the base, are being built," ISI said.

Here is a video posted by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding this story



Central Elections Committee Issues Final Elections Results
Following investigations into allegations of voter fraud and other irregularities in Israel’s recent Knesset elections, the Central Elections Committee issued final results early Wednesday morning including a gain of one seat by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and the loss of one seat by the United Torah Judaism Party. Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz are scheduled to meet with President Reuven Rivlin Wednesday evening.

BOI Report Highlights Israeli Income Gap
The Bank of Israel issued a report on Tuesday showing that Israelis earn one of the lowest hourly wages among the developed countries which make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD.) The report broke down numbers according to profession and education levels, indicating a “wide” gap between the income levels of Israelis and their skill sets.

 

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