PM Netanyahu leaves for UN General Assembly, Trump meeting

On the backdrop of tensions raised between Russia and Israel following the downing of the Russian plane by Syrian fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will depart Tuesday for New York to attend the UN General Assembly, which he will address Thursday evening.

Associates of the prime minister said Netanyahu is expected to reveal information regarding Iran during his speech.

During his visit, Netanyahu is expected to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, as well as a number of world leaders, including Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, French President Emmanuel Macron, Polish President Andrzej Duda, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.

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On Friday, the prime minister is scheduled to meet with Jewish community leaders in the city before returning to Israel on Saturday night.

Netanyahu’s meeting with Trump, scheduled for Wednesday morning will be their fifth since Trump entered the White House. The two are expected to discuss the crisis with Moscow over the downed Russian plane in Syria and the threat posed by Iran’s military entrenchment in that country, the U.S. sanctions on Tehran and the U.S. pressure on the Palestinian Authority in light of Trump’s efforts to deliver a “peace deal.”

Netanyahu will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, an Israeli official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not provide further details. Egyptian officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Culture Minister Miri Regev and Communications Minister Ayoub Kara will join Netanyahu on his visit to New York.