Prime Minister Yair Lapid turns to two threats in the second part of his speech — the “demise of truth” and the nuclear threat from Iran.
“Our democracies are slowly being poisoned by lies and fake news,” he says. “Reckless politicians, totalitarian states and radical organizations are undermining our perception of reality.”
He says that Israel faces this phenomenon more than any other country, citing the May 2021 case of a picture of a Russian girl being used as a photo of a fictitious Palestinian child killed by Israeli jets.
Lapid charges that billions of dollars have been invested into spreading lies about Israel.
The child in that photo was not a victim of an air strike in Gaza.
The photograph was taken in Moscow, 2018. Source: https://t.co/HDX9EASjLM Based on the recent photos on Instagram, the child is doing well. Please stop posting this photograph. pic.twitter.com/uHicR0PqH6
— HoaxEye (@hoaxeye) May 15, 2021
“I am not a guest in this building,” Lapid stresses. “Israel is a proud sovereign nation, and an equal member of the United Nations. We will not be silent when those who wish to harm us, use this very stage to spread lies about us.”