Politicians are seldom at a loss for words, but Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left the United Nations General Assembly in a deafening silence on Oct. 1 (video below).
Netanyahu took the opportunity to speak on the Iran nuclear deal and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' announcement the day before that his government did not need to comply with its agreements with Israel.
"Unleashed and unmuzzled, Iran will go on the prowl, devouring more and more prey," Netanyahu said to the assembly in New York, the International Business Times reported. "In the wake of the nuclear deal, Iran is spending billions of dollars on weapons and satellites. Do you think Iran is doing that to advance peace?”
Netanyahu slammed the U.N. for doing nothing about Iranian leaders who threatened to annihilate Israel. He said he would not be silent and idle -- a point he made by standing before the assembly, without speaking a word, for 40 seconds.
“It’s not easy to oppose something that is embraced by the greatest powers in the world," Netanyahu said after the dramatic pause. "Believe me, it would be far easier to remain silent. But throughout our history, the Jewish people have learned the heavy price of silence.”
Netanyahu also addressed Israel’s troubled relationship with Palestine, which appears to have grown complicated overnight due to Abbas’ remarks.
"I am prepared to immediately resume direct negotiations with the Palestinian Authority without any pre-conditions whatsoever,” Netanyahu said, according to The Jerusalem Post.
“I remain committed to the two-state solution,” he added. “But peace cannot be achieved with those who refuse to come to the negotiating table.”
"Don't use the Palestinian state as a stepping stone to another Islamist dictatorship in the Middle East, but make it something real," Netanyahu said. "We can do remarkable things."