GA / DEBATE ISRAEL

22-Sep-2016 00:02:59
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the General Assembly “we will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel”, adding that “the road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not through New York.” UNIFEED
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STORY: GA / DEBATE ISRAEL
TRT: 2:59
SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 SEPTEMBER 2016, NEW YORK CITY
SHOTLIST
1 Wide shot, exterior, United Nations headquarters
2. Med shot, Netanyahu walking to the General Assembly podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Israel:
“The UN, begun as a moral force, has become a moral farce. So, when it comes to Israel at the UN you probably think nothing will ever change, right? Well, think again. You see, everything will change and a lot sooner than you think.”
4. Med shot, Israeli delegation
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Israel:
“The change will happen in this hall because back home your governments are rapidly changing their attitudes towards Israel.”
6. Wide shot, Netanyahu speaking at the General Assembly
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Israel:
“Does anyone really believe that Israel will let the UN determine our security and our vital national interest? We will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel. The road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not through New York.”
8. Med shot, Palestinian delegation
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Israel:
“I mind you, the issue of settlements is a real one, and it can and must be resolved in final status negotiations, but this conflict has never been about the settlements or about establishing a Palestinian state. It’s always been about the existence of a Jewish state. A Jewish state in anyboundary.”
10. Med shot, Egypt’s delegation
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Israel:
“Israel is ready - I am ready – to negotiate all final status issues, but one thing I will never negotiate: our right to a one and only Jewish state.”
12. Wide shot, General Assembly applauding
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister, Israel:
“The greatest threat to my country, to our region and ultimately to our world remains the militant Islamic regime of Iran. Iran openly seeks Israel’s annihilation. It threatens countries across the Middle East. It sponsors terror worldwide.”
14. Med shot, US delegation
15. Wide shot, Netanyahu greeting at the podium and General Assembly applauding
STORYLINE
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the General Assembly “we will not accept any attempt by the UN to dictate terms to Israel”, adding that “the road to peace runs through Jerusalem and Ramallah, not through New York.”

Speaking today (22 Sep) at the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly, Netanyahu opened his speech saying “the UN, begun as a moral force, has become a moral farce.”

He noted that the UN General Assembly last year passed 20 resolutions against Israel, and three against the rest of the countries of the world.

Netanyahu added that the “obsession” against Israel at the UN will change saying “when it comes to Israel at the UN you probably think nothing will ever change, right? Well, think again. You see, everything will change and a lot sooner than you think.”

He also said, “the change will happen in this hall because back home your governments are rapidly changing their attitudes towards Israel.” He added the change would happen thanks to the increasing Israeli cooperation with other countries around the world in areas such as technology and water.

Regarding Israeli settlements, Netanyahu said the issue “is a real one, and it can and must be resolved in final status negotiations, but this conflict has never been about the settlements or about establishing a Palestinian state. It’s always been about the existence of a Jewish state. A Jewish state in any boundary.”

The Israeli Prime Minister emphasized, “Israel is ready - I am ready – to negotiate all final status issues, but one thing I will never negotiate: our right to a one and only Jewish state.”

In reference to Iran, he said that nation is “the greatest threat” to his country, to the region and to the world, adding “Iran openly seeks Israel’s annihilation. It threatens countries across the Middle East. It sponsors terror worldwide.”
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