Netanyahu to meet with US Jewish leaders on sidelines of UN

Weekend sit-down with PM scaled back amid increased tensions over cabinet’s backtrack on pluralistic prayer pavilion at Western Wall

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 22, 2016. (AFP/Jewel Samad)
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 71st session of United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 22, 2016. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet this weekend in New York with organizational Jewish leaders.

Unlike in previous years, the meeting will be low-key, with no public events, according to Jewish Insider. Netanyahu’s relationship with the organized American Jewish community has been fraught in recent months after he reneged on a deal that would have formalized non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall.

Confirmed as attending the meeting are representatives of the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations and the American Jewish Committee. Other organizations did not reply to requests for confirmation.

Netanyahu will be in New York to speak to the United Nations General Assembly in an address that will feature his arguments to amend the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The prime minister believes the agreement, which includes provisions that lapse over the next decade or so, will enable Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon and has empowered the Islamic Republic in the region.

The pact negotiated between world powers and Iran trades sanctions relief for a rollback in Iran’s nuclear activity.

Also while in New York, Netanyahu will be meeting with US President Donald Trump.

The meeting will be the leaders’ fourth since Trump assumed office. The two met once in February when the Israeli premier visited the White House, and twice in May when the American president traveled to the region, which included a two-day stop in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will also be in town for the UN confab. There is no indication yet that he is slated to meet individually with Trump or that the three will meet together.

As reported by The Times of Israel