At Tuesday’s address to the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited the Bible various times as a source against “fake history” and the true reason behind Israel’s flourishing in the face of its enemies.
During his speech, Netanyahu had harsh words for the United Nations, known for its anti-Israel bias. Condemning the UNESCO’s July declaration of the Tomb of the Patriarchs as a Palestinian World Heritage site, he said, “That’s worse than fake news, that’s fake history.” Citing the Bible as evidence to history, Netanyahu added, “It’s true that Abraham, the father of both Ishmael and Isaac, is buried there, but so too are Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca – Sarah is a Jewish name, by the way – and Leah, who just happen to be patriarchs and matriarchs of the Jewish people. You won’t read about that in the latest UNESCO report.
“But if you want to, you can read about that in a somewhat weightier publication,” he continued. “It’s called the Bible. I highly recommend it. I hear it even got 4 ½ out of 5 stars on Amazon. And it’s a great read. I read it every week.”
Netanyahu called upon the UN, on the eve of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, to reflect on the “miraculous rebirth of our nation” and the “remarkable contributions Israel will continue to make to all nations.” Such contributions are prophesied in Isaiah, where it is told that Israel will become a light unto the nations that brings salvation to the world. Netanyahu acknowledged the fulfillment of that prophecy, highlighting Israel’s positive influence in “the food you eat, the water you drink, the medicines you take, the cars you drive, the cell phones you use, and in so many other ways that are transforming our world.”
“As the prophet Isaiah said, ‘I have made you a light unto the nations, bringing salvation to the ends of the earth,’” Netanyahu quoted. He concluded that Israel is amidst a “great revolution in Israel’s standing among the nations.”
Over and over, the Israeli premiere emphasized the divine origin of Israel’s great contributions to the world. “Today, 2,700 years after Isaiah spoke those prophetic words, Israel is becoming a rising power among the nations,” he said. “And at long last, its light is shining across the continents, bringing hope and salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Netanyahu also thanked United States President Donald Trump for his unequivocal support for Israel at the UN, and the Trump administration, the American Congress and the American people for strengthening “the remarkable alliance between the United States and Israel,” which he said “has never been stronger, never been deeper.” Netanyahu also thanked President Trump for rightly calling the deal with Iran “an embarrassment.”
Focusing on Iran’s ballistic missile campaign, Netanyahu called it a “campaign of conquest across the Middle East” that “vows to destroy my country every day, including by its chief of staff the other day.” He urged breaking the deal with Iran: “Change it, cancel it, fix it, or nix it,” he said.
He assured the people of Iran that they are not the enemy and instead sent a simple Biblical warning to Ayatollah Khamenei, the dictator of Iran, quoting Samuel 15:29: “The light of Israel will never be extinguished.”
In his own address, his first speech before the United Nations, President Trump sent a similar message to Iran on Tuesday, targeting “rogue regimes” including North Korea, Iran, and Syria, and calling Iran “another reckless regime, one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.”
Breaking with the more mild approach American leadership has taken towards radical Islam in the past decade, Trump called out Hezbollah and other terror regimes by name, making clear he intends to take a hard line on terror in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Israeli commentator and political figure David Rubin, former mayor of Shiloh, praised Trump’s speech in an interview on Fox, stating, “I think that we can clearly say after hearing that speech that the age of American naivete is over.”