New York: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has added that Palestinians should not be given the right to “veto” any new peace deals between Israel and Arab states. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Netanyahu also shared that Israel and Arab states are on the cusp of an agreement to normalise ties.
Speaking at UNGA 2023 on Friday morning the Israeli Prime Minister also condemned the Iranian government and their nuclear programme. Recalling a speech he made five years ago, Netanyahu called on the international community to take a more stern stance against Tehran.
When I last spoke at this podium five years ago, I warned about the tyrants of Tehran. They have been nothing but a curse. A curse to their own people, to our region, to the entire world. But at that time, I also spoke about a great blessing that I could see on the horizon,” stated the Israeli PM.
However, the Israeli PM added that the common threat posed by Iran has brought all Arab states closer, and is now forming new peace deals in an effort to bring about regional stability.
Netanyahu added that the false idea that unless Israel makes peace with Palestine, no other Arab state would improve ties with them, is long gone. “I’ve long sought to make peace with the Palestinians. But I also believe that we must not give the Palestinians a veto over new peace treaties with Arab states,” stated the Israeli PM.
The prime minister added that improving ties with Arab states may lead to Palestine and Israel improving their ties and bringing peace to the region after decades of conflict.
“So when the Palestinians see that most of the Arab world has reconciled itself to the Jewish state, they too will be more likely to abandon the fantasy of destroying Israel and finally embrace a path of genuine peace with it,” Netanyahu added.
Israeli PM Holds Up Map Without Palestine
During his UNGA speech, Netanyahu held a map of a “new Middle East”, which showed the Middle East states in green and Israel highlighted in blue.
In his map, the Palestinian territories – West Bank and Gaza – were marked as part of Israel. The map also showed Syrian-occupied Golan Heights as part of Israel.