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Bibi prepares UN rebuttal to Abbas ‘genocide’ speech

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Benjamin Netanyahu will provide a forceful response to Mahmoud Abbas’s accusations against Israel in his speech to the UN General Assembly tonight.

The Israeli Prime Minister told reporters before boarding his plane for New York that he would “refute all of the lies being directed at us”.

Last Friday, the Palestinian Authority president told the UN that Israel had committed genocide during its military campaign in Gaza.

Many commentators expect that Mr Netanyahu will also make much of Hamas-Isis analogy, and the threat posed by Iran.

Last week on the sidelines of the General Assembly, the US reportedly offered Iran a “watered down” deal on curbing its nuclear activities, under which the Islamic Republic would not need to destroy its entire uranium enrichment programme but merely put part of it out of action.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz responded to the report with the warning that "such an agreement is reminiscent of the failed agreement signed in 2007 with North Korea which now holds around ten nuclear warheads".

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