Prime Minister’s first meeting of trip to be with Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was set to depart for the Annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York on Sunday where he said he would “tell the truth of the citizens of Israel” and where he would defend their name following the “slander and lies” directed at Israel at the meeting.
Netanyahu referred to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s speech as a fraud and he said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ words to the forum were incitement.
Aside from delivering a speech to the General Assembly on Monday, Netanyahu was set to meet with US President Barack Obama and the Secretary General of the UN Ban-Ki Moon. Netahyahu was scheduled to hold his first meeting of his trip with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
At the General Assembly on Thursday, Rouhani said a deal that ends sanctions against his country over its suspected nuclear weapons activities will open the door to deeper cooperation on regional peace and stability and the fight against militants such as Islamic State, a group that has seized parts of Iraq and Syria. The United States has made clear it will not link the two issues.
Israel has repeatedly threatened to use military force against Iranian atomic sites if diplomacy fails to defuse what it sees as the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.
The United States said on Saturday that Abbas’ Friday speech at the UN was “counterproductive” towards reaching peace with Israel.
“In this year, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, Israel has chosen to make it a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people,” Abbas said in his speech.
Abbas said without a “firm timetable” in place to end the Israeli presence in Gaza and the West Bank, there’s no value in continuing peace talks.
“It’s high time for this settlement occupation to end now,” Abbas told the 193-member world body, which voted overwhelmingly in 2012 to grant the Palestinians de facto statehood by upgrading their UN status from “entity” to “non-member state.” This also made the Palestinians eligible to apply for inclusion in the Rome Statute, opening them up to join the International Criminal Court, and possibly bring war crimes charges against Israel.
Reuters contributed to this report.