Danon: Netanyahu will emphasize Iran in UN speech

Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN says PM will emphasize sanctions on Iran, hopes for more peace deals with Arab states in UN speech.

Nitzan Keidar ,

Danny Danon
Danny Danon
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Tonight, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will deliver his traditional speech at the UN General Assembly, but this speech will be different from his previous addresses.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon explained to Arutz Shevt the challenge facing the Prime Minister. “ We are in the Corona period and the General Assembly is taking place in a different form of recorded speeches by leaders and there are no occurrences of delegations and talks. It will be much harder to influence public opinion. Therefore, he will emphasize the content and focus on the main message on Iran, along with a positive message of hope for agreements with other countries in the region."

"It will certainly not be the same. There will be a limited number of representatives in the hall, there will be no heads of state and I guess they will not watch all the different speeches in their capitals, but they will report everything so what is said at the assembly is significant," Danon added.

He said, "Netanyahu would like to emphasize the need for sanctions on Iran. We are in the midst of a US move on the issue and many countries around the world are ignoring this move. He may reveal intelligence information that would reinforce American demands and the United States would greatly appreciate such a statement, which would claim that this is important not only for them but for the entire region. I also assume that the prime minister will hint at the schedules for establishing relations with other Arab countries."

In this context, Danon has participated in part behind the scenes, in tightening relations with the Gulf states. "We are now seeing the fruits of hard work over the last five years from both the Prime Minister, the Foreign Ministry and myself. We have done things quietly and systematically. Most of the contacts were made in secret meetings, sometimes in hidden places. My trip to the various countries was also quiet and we are happy to see that today things are being published."

"The hope is that it will not stop in Bahrain and the UAE, but that in the new year a new wave of Muslim countries will begin - not just in our region - that will act openly in front of us and tell the world about our relations with us."

Danon also referred to the presidential election between US President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

"As we get closer to the election date we will see the tension rise and the remarks will be sharper. This time, because of the corona, there are a lot of question marks about the vote - about whether or not votes will arrive through the mail - so tonight we will see a very interesting show of Trump and Biden. Biden is in a better place and therefore the burden of proof is on the incumbent president. He needs to rally his base and bring in the undecided voters, so I am sure he will be very sharp and blunt."

In Danon's opinion, the race could go either way. "There are a lot of people who do not admit in the polls that they are voting for Trump. The personal security that has been damaged in many places strengthens Trump and on the other hand the economy is in crisis and that is what could hurt an incumbent president."