Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has begun preparing this week for his scheduled Sept. 26 address to the U.N. General Assembly, just one week after Israel’s Sept. 17 elections. While in New York, Netanyahu is expected to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump.
However, the Prime Minister’s Office has informed the hotels that Netanyahu and his staff are scheduled to stay at that the trip may need to be canceled at the last minute, depending on the outcome of the election and coalition talks.
Meanwhile, preparations are also underway for Netanyahu’s planned trip to Kiev in two weeks’ time.
While in the Ukrainian capital, the prime minister is expected to meet with the country’s first Jewish president, Volodymyr Zelensky.
The assessment is that Netanyahu will try to use the visit to steal votes away from Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu Party, particularly from Ukrainian immigrants who have voted for Lieberman in the past.