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I shook my hand at the prime minister of Israel, but he did not see me.

Naftali Bennett had his head bowed, perhaps he was reviewing important diplomatic documents or he was simply in the back seat in deep thought, as his heavily guarded motorcade was outside the United States on Manhattan’s First Avenue in my Granthshala News Live shot. situation was overtaken.

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He gave his first speech at the General Assembly, a rite of passage for the world’s new leaders, that the leader of the only democracy in the Middle East and a staunch ally of America, is an important occasion to remind the international community of one thing. It often seeks to excuse, dismiss or ignore.

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Iran wants an atomic bomb.

“Iran wants to dominate the region and wants to do so under the nuclear umbrella,” he declared. “Over the past few years, Iran has made a huge leap forward in its nuclear R&D, in its production capacity, and in its enrichment. Iran’s nuclear weapons program is at a critical point. And all red lines have been crossed. is. Observed, ignored. All wishful thinking, proved to be false.”

Bennett’s predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, would use the green marbled podium to repeatedly remind the world of Iran’s threat. But it appears that despite warnings, Tehran has only used the time to get closer to achieving what it has always denied.

“Iran’s nuclear program hit a critical moment, so has our tolerance,” he said. “Words do not stop the centrifuge from spinning. … We will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.”

Bennett is more than just the 13th prime minister of the Jewish state, he also has deep American roots.

He can trace his family to the California Gold Rush in 1851. He spent part of his childhood in Teaneck, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City, and has been a New Yorker. He lived on Manhattan’s Upper East Side when he founded a multimillion-dollar software company.

Bennett was also a frequent guest on Granthshala News programs, which I anchor over the weekend, gearing up to defend Israel through various official positions as minister of education and defense as a member of the Knesset. Minister, among others.

I have always found him to be complicit, direct and oblivious to my understanding of the threat facing my country from Tehran.

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Like Netanyahu, who spent part of his formative years in America, grew up in a Philadelphia suburb and attended public high school, Bennett’s Americanization serves him well. And he has some jerseys.

I have interviewed six Israeli prime ministers, and look forward to another opportunity with my old guest, whom I can now address as “Mr. Prime Minister”.