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    Israeli, Palestinian Leaders to Address UN

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)
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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (file photo)
    VOA News
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will repeat his warnings about the potential threat of a nuclear-armed Iran when he addresses the U.N. General Assembly Thursday.
     
    Netanyahu's speech comes amid speculation that Israel could launch a pre-emptive military strike against Iran. The Israeli leader has demanded that U.S. President Barack Obama spell out non-negotiable points, or "red lines," that would justify an attack. The demand has been rejected but Obama has stressed that the U.S. will do what is necessary to prevent Tehran from getting a nuclear weapon.

    Iran

    In his speech to the General Assembly Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad issued a veiled condemnation of Israel as "uncivilized Zionists." Netanyahu issued a statement before leaving his country denouncing Ahmadinejad's remarks, which were delivered on Yom Kippur, one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar.
     
    He described Iran as "a dictatorial regime that strives, at every opportunity, to wipe us off the map." Netanyahu promised that he is "working in every way" to prevent Iran from possessing nuclear weapons.
     
    Iran is under U.N. sanctions for its controversial nuclear program. World powers suspect Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons but Tehran says its nuclear goals are peaceful.

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas departs from the 67th the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 25, 2012.
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas departs from the 67th the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Sept. 25, 2012.


    Palestine

    Also speaking before the U.N. General Assembly Thursday will be Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is expected to ask the world body to recognize Palestine as an observer state. Abbas used his 2011 speech to launch a historic bid to gain the territory full membership in the United Nations, which was rejected.
     
    The Palestinian delegation will likely delay pushing the new initiative until after the U.S. presidential elections in November. 
     
    Already, the U.N. body has heard from Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.
     
    Marzouki called for an end to the regime of Syrian President Basher al-Assad and said the U.N. needs to eliminate what he called the "scourge" of dictatorship, just like the world eliminated polio and smallpox.
     
    "We consider that dictatorship is a disease. A disease threatening peace and security as well as the prosperity of people," he said.
     
    Protests in Tunisia in 2010 led to the fall of former dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, an event credited with sparking the Arab Spring.

    • British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 26, 2012.
    • Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 26, 2012.
    • Performers dressed as Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (rear) prepare their costumes before a protest on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, September 26, 2012.
    • Tibetans rally near the United Nations during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 25, 2012.
    • President Barack Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, September 25, 2012.
    • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon greets people during the 67th session of the General Assembly, New York, September 25, 2012.

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    by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
    October 02, 2012 12:21 AM
    Mr: L is that the History you say you know,for you to sit there and say Palestine was existing before Israel? pls study about the Emperor Hadrian and that come back and talk about Palestine.and study about all the country that occupied Israel before 1947,Persian occupied,Roman Occupied 63 BCE,Muslim 635 CE,Crusader,Mamluk,Ottoman Empire,and the Turkish rule.it did not say Palestine NO,it said ISRAEL.

    dont come up and say something that you dont know.go and study for yourself.I am not the one to teach you history.I spend six to eight hours studying ok.so I know what I am saying.I can even show from the Koran verse that says the Holy Land belongs to the Jews.you messing with the wrong man.I support Israel so I study this very very very well.thank you

    by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
    September 28, 2012 4:08 AM
    There should not be a Palestinian state in the Land of Israel,Cause this what will bring about the destruction of the Jewish Nation.Once there is a so call Palestinian State in the Land of Israel,what is going to happen is that Iran will draw her weaponry closer to Israel and begin to attack Israel from with in Israel.at that time the Palestinian State will be legal.so they want to attack Israel from with in Israel.(2)How can you create a state with in a state?

    The Arab leaders have made it no secret of the desire of their heart to annihilate the Jews from their ancient home land.the world have seen evidence of their commitment to eliminate the State of Israel since 1947.(3)The Myth of the so call Palestinian State,despite the fact that Jordan occupied the west bank and east Jerusalem from 1948 until 1967,No one called for the creation of the Palestinian State,not one Government nor any so call Palestinian group call for the creation of the State of Palestinian as an official home land of the Palestinian people,But since may 15,1948 when the State of Israel was reborn,there were all the problem started in Israel.God Bless Israel ,Shabbat Shalom
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    by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,NJ
    October 01, 2012 11:49 PM
    My friend there is no history that will tell you that Jews migrated from Africa.that is a lie.secondly Jerusalem is for the Jews not Muslim.the Muslim were the one that migrated from Egypt, Lebanon,Syria,etc etc,do your study good before coming up here.try to study it carefully,you will come up to say the same thing I am saying.you just be honest with yourself.
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    by: L from: Epping
    September 29, 2012 1:33 PM
    Take a history lesson. First all Jews migrated from Africa to the Holy Land and when they arrived, there were already people living there. Just like there were Native Americans in America before Columbus "discovered" it. Palestine already existed prior to the creation of Israel with the help of England and the U.S. in 1948. In fact, Jews and Muslims co existed in the Middle East. And if you remember all of Arabia was ruled by the Turks, until England's involvement in WWI helping the Arabs free themselves from Turkish rule. This resulted in Jews migration to Palestine and surrounding countries more freely. The real issue should be with the Germany for the Holocaust and the murder and displacement of millions of Jews. To villiy the Palestinians for not wanting to live under Apartheid is crazy. Lastly, remember, Israel and Palestine were and continues to be a sacred Holy Land for all three major religions, Judism, Islam and Christianity.

    by: Luke from: Frederick, mD
    September 27, 2012 4:57 PM
    Ummmm... Does this sound like a man who wants to destroy a nation, kill innocent people, and start a war?
    I think not. Educate yourselves and do not believe the propaganda coming out of Israel.

    by: Leonora Sotheby from: UK
    September 27, 2012 2:54 PM
    the whole world is looking up to you mighty Israel - blessed be the chosen people of the Lord - Satanic Evil always reveals himself in his hate for the people of the house of Israel. i am not much of a soldier - and God knows i am not very brave... but i will stand with you Israel against the satanic evil arrayed against you... so help me God i will...

    by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City,Nj
    September 27, 2012 6:03 AM
    Prime Minister Netanyahu we are praying for you and the people of Israel.We stand with you in the time of your troubles.we will always support Israel no matter what.WE LOVE YOU AND ISRAEL.But Ahmadinijad and Iran will be defeated.there is no way that Iran can defeat Israel,Ahmadinijad knows that very well,this why he needs a nuclear bomb to destroy the Jewish state.from the time this mad man became President for Iran,every year is the same speech,Israel should be wipe off the map.this man is a bad element to society,very uncivilized kind of people,they behave like a animal.

    Mr. Obama need to step up to man and let the world know that America is still the word super power.we need to sent a clear message to these people.you just can't mess with America nor Israel.Mr.Obama needs to be a man of his word,Iran should have a nuclear bomb.from the time the Jewish State was founded,they have always been our friend and ally.and Mr.Obama cannot come and change everything in a second.No way.America must Stand with Israel Gen 12:1-3,God Bless America and God Bless Israel as she strive towards peace and long live.Shalom to you Bibi, and Sha'alu Shalom Yershalayim
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    by: LeRoy Padmore from: Jersey City
    September 27, 2012 11:22 AM
    I meant to say, Iran should not have a nuclear bomb.

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