(CNSNews.com) - In a speech before the United Nations on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared Iran to a “rapacious tiger,” devouring more and more prey in the wake of the nuclear deal.
“Now just imagine what Iran will do after those sanctions are lifted,” said Netanyahu. “Unleashed and un-muzzled, Iran will go on the prowl, devouring more and more prey. In the wake of the nuclear deal, Iran is spending billions of dollars on weapons and satellites. You think Iran is doing that to advance peace? You think hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and fat contracts will turn this rapacious tiger into a kitten? If you do, you should think again.”
Netanyahu began his speech to the UN General Assembly staring down his foreign counterparts before laying out the details of Iran’s misdeeds in the wake of the nuke deal.
“Just look at what Iran has done in the last six months alone,” Netanyahu said.
Ever since the framework agreement was announced in Lausanne, Switzerland, in April, Iran has “boosted its supply of devastating weapons to Syria,” the Israeli prime minister said. “Iran sent more soldiers of its Revolutionary Guard into Syria.”
Iran also sent thousands of Afghan, Pakistani, and Shiite fighters to Syria in an effort to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Netanyahu said. “Iran also shipped tons of weapons and ammunitions to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, including another shipment just two days ago.
“Iran threatened to topple Jordan,” Netanyahu said. “Iran’s proxy Hezbollah smuggled into Lebanon SA-22 missiles to down our planes” as well as cruise missiles to sink Israeli ships.
“Iran supplied Hezbollah with precision-guided surface-to-surface missiles and attack drones so it can accurately hit any target in Israel,” he said. “Iran aided Hamas and Islamic Jihad in building armed drones in Gaza.
“Iran also made clear its plans to open two new terror fronts against Israel, promising to arm Palestinians in the West Bank and sending its Revolutionary Guard generals to the Golan Heights from which its operatives recently fired rockets on northern Israel,” Netanyahu added.
The prime minister pledged that “Israel will continue to respond forcefully to any attacks against it from Syria” and “continue to act to prevent the transfer of strategic weapons to Hezbollah from and through Syrian territory.”
Netanyahu said Iran continues to set up new terror cells “every few weeks” in cities worldwide, including Kuwait, Jordan and Cyprus. During a raid on one Hezbollah agent’s apartment in Cyprus, security forces found the same amount of ammonium nitrate as was used in the 1995 Oklahoma bombing attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which killed 168 people and injured 680.
“In May, security forces in Cyprus raided a Hezbollah agent’s apartment in the city of Larnaca. There they found five tons of ammonium nitrate. That’s roughly the same amount of ammonium nitrate that was used to blow up the federal building in Oklahoma City,” said Netanyahu.
“And that’s just in one apartment, in one city, in one country, but Iran is setting up dozens of terrorist cells like this around the world. Ladies and gentlemen, they’re setting up those terrorist cells in this hemisphere too,” he added.
“I repeat, Iran’s been doing all of this – everything that I’ve just described – just in the last six months when it was trying to convince the world to remove the sanctions,” the Israeli prime minister said.
“Now just imagine what Iran will do after those sanctions are lifted. Unleashed and un-muzzled, Iran will go on the prowl, devouring more and more prey. In the wake of the nuclear deal, Iran is spending billions of dollars on weapons and satellites. You think Iran is doing that to advance peace?” asked Netanyahu.
“You think hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and fat contracts will turn this rapacious tiger into a kitten? If you do, you should think again,” he said.