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Israel Dramatically Denounces Iran Nuclear Deal Before UN

Israel's prime minister denounced the Iran nuclear deal before the United Nations October 1, dramatically pausing mid-speech to protest the UN's silence in the face of Iranian threats to annihilate Israel.

Benjamin Netanyahu held up a book by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and told the UN General Assembly that it includes a detailed plan to eliminate Israel within 25 years.

"Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran's rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my people, and the response from this body...has been absolutely nothing. Utter silence, Deafening silence," he said before falling silent for 45 seconds during the 43-minute speech.

Not a sound could be heard as Netanyahu glared at the UN delegates.

"Perhaps you can understand why Israel is not joining you in celebrating this deal," he resumed, adding that "Israel will not allow Iran to break in, to sneak in, or to walk in to the nuclear weapons club."

Netanyahu has a history of dramatic gestures at the UN, having made headlines in 2012 by holding up a cartoon of an Iranian bomb and drawing a red line on it.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP and Reuters