Netanyahu trying to persuade world leaders to switch UN speech slots

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his team are trying to persuade world leaders from a number of countries to switch their allotted slots to give speeches at the UN General Assembly.

Netanyahu is currently down as the last speaker of today’s morning session in New York, but due to the time difference and several speeches having gone well beyond their 15-minute time slot, he may not speak until after 10 p.m Israel time. He was originally set to speak at around 8.30 p.m.

The Prime Minister’s Office says that efforts are underway to advance the address, apparently because they want speech to be carried live on prime time evening news which finishes at 9 p.m. If the speech is delayed any further, Netanyahu may even miss the print deadline and with no editions published over Rosh Hashanah or Shabbat, the speech would not make the newspapers until Sunday.

The leaders of Tajikistan, Zambia, Lithuania, Qatar and Turkey are currently set to speak before Netanyahu, according to the UN schedule.

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