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Enough about Iran, time to act – .


NEW YORK – Prime Minister Naftali Bennett plans to tell the world that now is the time to act against Iran’s nuclear program, in his first-ever address to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

The central message Bennett plans to relay regarding Iran is that “we deal with security through action. Speeches are important, but now is the time to act, ”said a source in the Prime Minister’s entourage in New York on Sunday.

Bennett also plans to use Hillel the Elder’s phrase: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?” In this context, to reflect the fact that Israel cannot rely on others for its own defense.

The prime minister took the lead in writing the speech, although he worked on it with his staff and took advice from others, such as author and philosopher Micah Goodman.

“It was important for him that the speech was in his voice and reflected as closely as possible what he thought,” explained the source in his entourage, who was also involved in the process.

Bennett dismissed all kinds of tricks suggested to him, unlike his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, and said he wanted to deliver a direct speech “like an adult,” the source joked.

Bennett also seeks to tell the story of Israel’s successes without viewing them through the lens of conflict with the Palestinians.

As for the Palestinians, Bennett “tries to present his genuine feeling as a politician, that for 73 years Israel’s place in the world was entirely tied to the conflict, and that is not healthy,” said The source. “Making Siamese twins with the Palestinians is wrong and unnecessary. They won’t be an important part [of the speech]. Relations with other countries will not be defined by them.

Israel, Bennett seeks to relay, is “an important and active country in the world with a big footprint of its own, and we want to put this forward in bilateral relations.”

And the Palestinians, as well as the Iranians, should “take care of their own people and improve their lives, and end their obsession with Israel,” Bennett said on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport on Saturday evening.

He does not intend to respond to the speech by PA President Mahmoud Abbas to the UN in which he gave Israel a one-year ultimatum to withdraw from all of Judea and Samaria and from East Jerusalem.

Bennett also said on the tarmac that he planned to “bring the voice of the Israelis” to the UN.

“This is an opportunity to tell our story… of the special spirit of Israel and our contribution to the world,” he said.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting with Palestinian leadership in Ramallah. (credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN / REUTERS)

This “special spirit” is one of taking action and actively seeking new solutions to problems, said Bennett’s New York source.

Bennett also plans to present himself as part of a “dynamic and optimistic new generation of Israeli leaders” who are striving to heal divisions in Israeli society, the source said.

The prime minister plans to speak out against the hypocrisy and double standards to which Israel is held in international forums such as the UN, which passes more resolutions against Israel than against any other country.

The Abraham Accords will also be part of the speech, and he may mention the popular effort of 300 Iraqi leaders calling for normalization of relations with Israel.

Bennett will also discuss Israel’s actions against the COVID-19 pandemic, including its leadership in providing recalls of the coronavirus vaccine.

Prime Minister to hold first meeting with senior ministers of countries signatory to Abraham’s Accords, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani and UAE Minister of State at Foreign Ministry Khalifa Shaheen Almarar , after press time on Sunday.

Bennett is then due to meet with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

He is scheduled to speak at a North American Jewish Federations event, which leaders of other Jewish diaspora organizations are expected to attend.

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