At UN General Debate, Israeli leader calls for ‘red line’ for action on Iran’s nuclear plans

27 September 2012 – At the United Nations General Assembly today, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community to set a “clear red line” for taking action, by next summer at the latest, to prevent Iran from completing the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb.

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Turning to the Palestinian question, the Israeli Prime Minister called for negotiations to reach a mutual compromise, noting that the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, had addressed the Assembly less than an hour before he did, to accuse Israel of rejecting the internationally endorsed two-state solution and announce that he was seeking non-Member State status.

“I say to him and I say to you: We won't solve our conflict with libellous speeches at the UN,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said. “That's not the way to solve it. We won't solve our conflict with unilateral declarations of statehood. We have to sit together, negotiate together, and reach a mutual compromise, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish State.”

Israel’s Prime Minister is one of scores of world leaders and other high-level officials presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October.

Prime Minister Netanyahu also met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday. The UN chief expressed his deep concern over the stalemate in the Middle East peace process and encouraged Israel to take more steps to bolster the Palestinian Authority and ease the restrictions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Gaza.

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