WASHINGTON – A PR duel will be in two and a half weeks during the United Nations General Assembly discussions in New York between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Iranian leader is expected to address the GA on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur,
while Netanyahu will speak the next day after arriving in the United States.
According to diplomatic sources in New York, the Iranian issue will be at the top of the agenda of the GA's speakers, although there will be no votes during the 10-day assembly.
All Western leaders – including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Holland – are expected to speak. Their presence in New York will pave the way for discussions on the Iranian issue.
Ahmadinejad at UN. Coming soon on Yom Kippur (Photo: AFP)
US President Barack Obama's address will open the GA on September 25, and the Iranian president's address is expected the next day.
Obama will not wait in New York to meet with Netanyahu, especially in light of his pressing election campaign.
The window of opportunities for a meeting between the American and Israeli leaders will thus open on September 28 in Washington.
In his address, Obama will be expected to demonstrate his leadership skills on the Iranian and Syrian issues,
which will be at the focus of Western leaders' discussions.