Israel's ambassador to the U.N. Prosor speaks to the media at U.N. headquarters in New York.
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NEW YORK – Israel’s ambassador to the UN on Thursday again warned the General Assembly about the dangers of a nuclear Iran, this time in the context of what the world had learned on the 70th anniversary of World War Two.
“We are here to confirm that the responsibility for preventing atrocities rests on our shoulders,” Prosor said. “Seventy years ago, with the ashes of World War II still smoldering, the victors of the war came together to establish the UN and ensure that ‘Never again’ will not be a hollow promise.”
Prosor pointed to the increased terrorist attacks across the world that threaten peace and security, particularly those attacks and groups sponsored by Iran.
“The radical theocracy is working tirelessly to advance its nuclear capabilities, while explicitly threatening to ‘eradicate Israel from the face of the Earth,’” he said. “But, let me be perfectly clear – what is at stake is not just the security of Israel; it is the security and stability of the entire world.”
The UN event took place in the face of an upcoming deadline for the West to make a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, which Israel insists will not be used for peaceful means.
“From this assembly I issue a warning to the world,” Prosor declared. “Do not close your eyes to the atrocities around you; do not turn away from the animosity that ensues. It is your responsibility to speak out against hatred clearly and unequivocally. War is not inevitable. It is not a force of nature nor is it part of human nature. It can be prevented.
But only if we stand together to denounce indifference and defend peace.”