At UN, Netanyahu Silently Glared for 44 Seconds
He slams Iran deal but praises alliance with US
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2015 1:26 AM CDT
Updated Oct 2, 2015 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the Iran nuclear deal in a United Nations speech, pausing to glare silently at the General Assembly for 44 seconds. The pause came after he denounced the UN's "deafening silence" over Iran's threats to destroy Israel, the Washington Post reports. "The greatest danger facing our world is the coupling of militant Islam with nuclear weapons," he said. "I'm gravely concerned the nuclear deal with Iran will prove to be the marriage certificate for that unholy union."

Netanyahu accused Iran of funding dozens of terror cells around the world and said that instead of turning this "rapacious tiger into a kitten," the lifting of sanctions would only worsen Tehran's behavior, USA Today reports. He vowed that Israel "will not allow Iran to break in, sneak in, or walk into the nuclear weapons club," and he warned that Tehran is building missiles designed for nuclear strikes on the US and Europe, the Post reports. Despite his angry words about the deal the US and five other powers forged with Iran, Netanyahu praised the "unshakable" US-Israel alliance and described the disagreement as "within a family," the AP reports. (A conservative group used an ad with a mushroom cloud to condemn a Democratic senator's support for the deal.)