GA / ISRAEL WRAP

29-Sep-2014 00:03:59
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the General Assembly (GA) not to be “fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive,” which he said was “designed for one purpose and for one purpose only, to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb.” UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: GA / ISRAEL WRAP
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SOURCE: UNIFEED - UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 29 SEPTEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY
SHOTLIST
RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

29 SEPTEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY

2. Pan right, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walks up to the podium
3. Med shot, Israeli delegation
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel:
“Don’t be fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive. It’s designed for one purpose and for one purpose only, to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb. The Islamic Republic is now trying to bamboozle its way to an agreement that would remove the sanctions it still faces and leave it with the capacity of thousands of refugees, of centrifuges rather, to enrich uranium. This would effectively cement Iran’s place as a threshold military nuclear power.”
5. Med shot, US delegation
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel:
“We deeply regret every civilian casualty, and the truth is this, Israel was doing everything to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties. Hamas was doing everything to maximize Israeli civilian casualties and Palestinian civilian casualties. Israel dropped flyers, made phone calls, sent text messages broadcast warnings in Arabic on Palestinian television; all these to enable Palestinian civilians to evacuate targeted areas. No other country and no other army in history have gone to greater lengths to avoid casualties among the civilian population of their enemy.”
7. Med shot, Israeli delegation
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel:
“By granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the UN Human Rights Council has thus become a terrorist rights council. And it will have repercussions. It probably already has, about the use of civilians as human shields.”
9. Pan right, audience
10. Wide shot, Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel at the stakeout podium
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel:
“The last speech of Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, it really was a message of hatred and incitement. It’s clear that he has no intention to make peace with Israel.”
12. Wide shot, Lieberman at the podium
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel:
“Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, he lost his way because he failed with all his domestic issues. He tries to resolve his domestic problems with some rhetoric escalation in his rhetoric, here in UN and the international arena. But it’s clear he has no support and he lost his way.”
14. Wide shot, Lieberman at the podium
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Avigdor Lieberman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel:
“We think it’s a bad deal and we have an experience what is a bad deal, and you can take the example on North Korea, and for us it is completely unacceptable. Also, to clarify my position, if Iranians will achieve nuclear capabilities, the immediate result, the consequences will be a crazy nuclear arms race in all the Middle East. And of course we keep all options on the table.”

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16. Close up, reporter writing on notepad

29 SEPTEMBER 2014, NEW YORK CITY

17. Med shot, Lieberman walks away
STORYLINE
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the General Assembly (GA) today (29 Sept) not to be “fooled by Iran’s manipulative charm offensive,” which he said was “designed for one purpose and for one purpose only, to lift the sanctions and remove the obstacles to Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Speaking during the GA’s general debate, Netanyahu said Iran is “trying to bamboozle its way to an agreement that would remove the sanctions it still faces” as this would give the capacity to enrich uranium and “would effectively cement Iran’s place as a threshold military nuclear power.”

Speaking of the recent conflict in Gaza which according to UNRWA killed 2,150 people, the Prime Minister said “Israel was doing everything to minimize Palestinian civilian casualties” while “Hamas was doing everything to maximize Israeli civilian casualties and Palestinian civilian casualties.”

He noted that Israel “dropped flyers, made phone calls, sent text messages broadcast warnings in Arabic on Palestinian television” in order to enable Palestinian civilians to evacuate targeted areas.

He said “no other country and no other army in history have gone to greater lengths to avoid casualties among the civilian population of their enemy.”

Netanyahu said that “by granting international legitimacy to the use of human shields, the UN Human Rights Council has thus become a terrorist rights council. And it will have repercussions. It probably already has, about the use of civilians as human shields.”

The Human Rights Council appointed an independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip since the conflict began on 13 June.

The Commission aims to establish the facts and circumstances of violations and crimes perpetrated and to identify those responsible. It will also make recommendations, in particular on accountability measures, all with a view to avoiding and ending impunity and ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, and on ways to protect civilians against any further assaults.

Earlier in the day, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, told reporters that last week’s speech to the GA by Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas “was a message of hatred and incitement” and added that “it’s clear that he has no intention to make peace with Israel.”

Lieberman said Abbas “tries to resolve his domestic problems with some rhetoric escalation” in the international arena. But, he said “it’s clear he has no support and he lost his way.”

Speaking about the current negotiations between the P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain, plus Germany) with Iran, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said “we think it’s a bad deal” and “completely unacceptable.”

He said “if Iranians will achieve nuclear capabilities, the immediate result, the consequences will be a crazy nuclear arms race in all the Middle East. And of course we keep all options on the table.”
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