Netanyahu Blames ‘Radical Islam’ for Protests Against U.S. Embassies

By Patrick Burke | September 27, 2012 | 3:51 PM EDT

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the U.N. General assembly, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP)

( – In addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attributed the anti-American protests in the Middle East to the “medieval forces of radical Islam.”

He did not mention in his remarks the anti-Islam YouTube video that reportedly served as a catalyst for the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and the consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“Yet the medieval forces of radical Islam who you just saw storming the American  embassies throughout the Middle East – well they oppose this,” said Netanyahu. “They seek supremacy over all Muslims. They’re bent on world conquest. They want to destroy Israel, Europe, America. They want to extinguish freedom. They want to end the modern world.”

“Now, militant Islam has many branches,” said Netanyahu. “From the rulers of Iran with their Revolutionary Guards to al Qaeda terrorists, to the radical cells lurking in every part of the globe. But despite their differences, they are all rooted in the same bitter soil of intolerance.”

After discussing Israeli heritage and Israeli-Palestinian relations, Netanyahu focused the majority of his remarks on the threat of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

“So I ask you, given this record of Iranian aggression without nuclear weapons, just imagine Iranian aggression with nuclear weapons,” he told the General Assembly.

He also sought a “clear red line” on Iran’s uranium enrichment progress to deter the government from building a fully operational nuclear bomb, saying, “In fact, it’s the failure to place red lines that’s often invited aggression.”

Without setting a clear red line, Netanyahi predicted by spring or late summer, Iran will have enough enriched uranium to detonate a nuclear weapon.