Netanyahu to skip UN General Assembly next week after lackluster election showing

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office confirms he will not be attending the United Nations General Assembly gathering in New York on September 24, as he works to shore up his political position after a lackluster showing in Tuesday’s election.

Netanyahu was to meet US President Donald Trump during the UN visit, when the two were slated to discuss a “mutual defense treaty” between Israel and the US. Trump announced the meeting on September 14, three days before election day, in what many interpreted as an attempt to help Netanyahu’s election prospects.

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