The United Nations General Assembly kicked off this week in midtown Manhattan and, as usual, the annual summit is a complete spectacle, filled with the ranting and raving of one of the world’s most notorious leaders.
Yesterday, which was Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took to the podium and said that his country was under threat of military action from “uncivilized Zionists.” The U.S. boycotted Ahmadinejad’s speech, as did Israel. Canadian diplomats walked out as he took the podium. Ahmadinejad went on to claim that major world powers had allied with the devil, and suggested a new world order that would end the “hegemony of arrogance” and bring “universal happiness.“
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday reacted to Ahmadinejad’s speech saying that, “On the day that we pray to be inscribed in the Book of Life, the authoritarian Iranian regime takes every opportunity to condemn us to death. It is a black day for those who chose to to remain in the room and listen to these accusatory words.”
PM Netanyahu is set to speak today, as well as Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. You can follow it live at http://webtv.un.org/.