Trump Condemns Iran’s ‘Monstrous Anti-Semitism’ in UN Speech

September 24, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the AMVETS (American Veterans) National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. U.S., August 21, 2019. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

President Donald Trump condemned the Iranian regime’s anti-Semitism and urged Arab nations to seek peace with Israel during his Sept. 24 speech before the United Nations General Assembly.

Trump said that Iran is “one of the greatest security threats” to the West. “Not only is Iran one of the world’s largest state sponsors of terrorism, but Iran’s leaders are fueling the tragic wars in both Syria and Yemen,” Trump said. “At the same time, the regime is squandering the nation’s wealth and future in a fanatical quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. We must never allow this to happen.”

He then touted the fact that the United States exited from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and has since implemented multiple sanctions against Tehran.

“No responsible government should subsidize Iran’s bloodlust,” Trump said. “As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues, sanctions will not be lifted. They will be tightened. Iran’s leaders will have turned a proud nation into just another cautionary tale of what happens when a ruling class abandons its people and embarks on a personal crusade for power and riches.”

Trump added that the Iranian regime promulgates “monstrous anti-Semitism,” pointing out that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel “a malignant cancerous tumor” that needs to be destroyed.

“America will never tolerate such anti-Semitic hate,” Trump said. “Fanatics have long used hatred of Israel to distract from their own failures.”

Trump proceeded to urge Arab nations to establish “full normalized relations” with Israel in order to achieve peace and economic prosperity in the regime.

“It is time for Iran’s leaders to step forward and to stop threatening other countries and focus on building up their own country,” Trump said. “It is time for Iran’s leaders to finally put the Iranian people first. America is ready to embrace friendship with all who genuinely seek peace and respect.”

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