Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the U.N. General Assembly today.

It was a powerful speech — one of, if not his best. The full speech is at the bottom of the post. The full text is here.

Here are some highlights.

Too bad neither John Kerry nor Amb. Samantha Power were present to hear it, and as a show of solidarity.

Netanyahu had a powerful 45 seconds of silence shaming the U.N. for its silence on Iran’s threats to destroy Israel.

In the face of repeated Iranian threats and U.N. anti-Israel resolutions, Netanyahu declared “Israel will do whatever it must do to defend our state and to defend our people.”

Netanyahu also called out the U.N. for its obsession with bashing Israel:

Netanyahu also took on false claims of Israeli interfering with religious holy sites and incitement by Mahmoud Abbass and the Palestinian Authority:

He ended the speech with a memorable line, and one that is the truth — In standing against Islamist fanaticism, Israeli isn’t just defending itself, it’s defending civilized society.

Here is the full speech:


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