In a speech in which he compared radical Islam to Nazism, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned the U.N. General Assembly on Monday of the multiple danger of the Islamic State and Iran and said that Israel’s war with Hamas is part of the same struggle.
Netanyahu called upon the world to recognize that their shared ambitions for Islamic supremacy at any price must be opposed by a coalition of the civilized countries, and that Israel belongs in that coalition.
“Hamas’ immediate goal is to destroy Israel, but has a wider goal the same as ISIS,” the prime minister said. “ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree. When it comes to their ultimate goals: Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas.”
And “Hamas, like the Islamic State, wants a caliphate,” he said.
“The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith,” he charged.
But he also reminded the General Assembly that Iran was no better, no less dangerous. Defeating the Islamic State, but allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons would be winning the battle but losing the war, he said.
“It’s one thing to confront militant Islamists in a pickup truck with a rifle, another thing when they have weapons of mass destruction,” he said. “Would you let ISIS enrich uranium or develop intercontinental ballistic missiles? Then you can’t let Iran, either.”
Netanyahu made good on his vow to refute the speech given at the General Assembly late last week by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza.
Netanyahu said that he came to New York to give his speech in order to “expose the brazen lies spoken on the same podium” by Abbas.