The reviews and editorials have already started relating to today's UN speeches. In my opinion, nothing new was learned. There were, however, a few points of interest.
President Obama, predictably took the usual liberal position of demanding that Israel end the mythical "occupation" (if someone could be kind enough to show me previous borders of the country of "Palestine", and exactly where, on these mythical borders the Nation of Israel have "occupied" I would be most grateful).
Lets not forget, in 1967 Israel was invaded in a surprise attack and in a miraculous series of battles regained land that was once theirs. This invasion was led by Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and aided by Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan, among others. At the war's end, Israel had gained control of the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights - this land that Israel regained was previously part of Jordan, Egypt and Syria; not a mythical country of "Palestine" as folklore would have you believe.
From the reviews, President Obama is generally seen as using unusually harsh language directed towards Israel:
"Obama calls to 'End the Occupation'".
Using unusually harsh terminology, Obama called to "end the occupation that began in 1967" - referring to Israel's control of Judea and Samaria. There we go again...If ONLY we had pre-1967 borders (the borders that were in effect before Israel was invaded). The only nagging problem is - the pre-1967 borders were present when Israel was invaded...In 1967.... So if thats all the surrounding arab groups want (the surrounding countries and the surrounding terrorist groups - Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, etc.), then why did they need to invade Israel in 1967 when they HAD the coveted borders?
Then we had a relatively large group walk out before and during Ahmadinejad's speech.
read here, here, and here.
Most of his speech focused on the usual themes, including scathing attacks on Israel and the US. He assailed Israel for "barbaric attacks" on the Gaza Strip last winter and claimed that the "brutalities in Gaza have not all been published". "The international community is impatiently waiting for the murderers of the defenseless people of Gaza" he stated.
He also accused Israel of "inhuman policies" in the territories and of dominating world political and economic affairs.
He also stated that "The awakening of nations and the expansion of freedom worldwide will no longer allow them to continue their hypocrisy and vicious attitudes."
Ahmadinejad also stated, in reference to Israel, "It is no longer acceptable that a small minority would dominate the politics, economy and culture of major parts of the world by its complicated networks, and establish a new form of slavery, and harm the reputation of other nations, even European nations and the U.S., to attain its racist ambitions."
And all of this, from someone who has declared that Israel should be wiped off the map.
All in all - nothing new. More of the same.
Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more clear that the U.S. administration is closer to Iran's position than Israel's position.
Thats ok. God is in complete control of this situation. If there is any doubt regarding God's position on this situation....Well, I'll just let him close with this message:
"This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered, I will show myself holy among them in the sight of many nations. Then they will live in their own land, which I gave to my servant Jacob. They will live there in safety and will build houses and plant vineyards; they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God."