(Washington, D.C., September 15, 2011) -- Senior aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin originally told me the PM was not going to come to the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly this year. But things have changed. Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, Iran and Turkey are intensifying and Israel is becoming increasingly isolated.
Netanyahu is coming to New York and will deliver a major address before the U.N. General Assembly next Wednesday. The decision reflects the PM's desire to personally, directly and very publicly confront the Palestinian effort to unilaterally declare a state and receive a U.N. blessing, rather than engage in direct negotiations with the Jewish State. Netanyahu will also strongly condemn Iran's bid for nuclear weapons and challenge the world to rein in Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is also coming to the U.N. next week. The Palestinian Authority announced that on Friday, September 23rd it will formally submit its bid for full membership in the United Nations. More details on all this on the blog.
Please pray for wisdom for Israeli leaders, and especially the Prime Minister as he comes to the U.S. Please pray for the protection of all Israeli diplomats around the world, and especially those in Jordan and Egypt who are under direct threat. Please pray for Christians, too, to show unconditional love and unwavering support for Israel and the Jewish people as Israel is increasingly isolated internationally. Please also pray for tensions between Israel and Turkey to be defused -- in the last few weeks, Turkey has broken off diplomatic relations with Israel, kicked out Israel's ambassador, cut off trade ties with Israel, and now is threatening to send war ships to accompany another flotilla to Gaza.
(Photo credit: AP, Sept 2009)