Netanyahu Travels to US for UN General Assembly Address and Last Obama Meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and his wife Sara seen boarding the airplane to New York for an official state visit to the US, September 20, 2016. (Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Netanyahu left Israel for the United States Tuesday morning, beginning his five-day tour in the region. Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely are part of the Prime Minister’s delegation.

Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with President Obama in New York on Wednesday ahead of his United Nations General Assembly address on Thursday. It will be his last visit with President Obama before Obama ends his term.

Netanyahu stated ahead of boarding the place on Tuesday that his visit to the United States comes in the “midst of a very important diplomatic week for the State of Israel.”

He spoke of his itinerary, stating “I am leaving now for the United States. There I will first meet with President Obama and I will thank him for the great and important security assistance to the State of Israel over the coming decade. I will then address the United Nations General Assembly. I will present Israel’s case, Israel’s truth, Israel’s justice and also Israel’s heroism – the heroism of our soldiers, our police officers and our citizens, who are waging an uncompromising struggle against brutal terrorism.”

Netanyahu spoke of expectations from the international community on combatting the rise of radical Islam and the war on terror, stating “I expect from the international community a uniform standard in the war on terrorism. Today the entire international community says that there is a need to wage a determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism. And indeed, they must also support the determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism, and this moral clarity is necessary to both fight against, and defeat, terrorism.”

Netanyahu reportedly will meet with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He will also speak at the Israeli American Council’s National Conference in Washington DC.

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, September 20, 2016, and reposted with permission.