Binyamin Netanyahu at UN 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he will address the
annual UN General Assembly meeting next month to deliver a speech expected to
focus on Iran.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office, Netanyahu will
deliver the speech on September 30. This will be the third year in a row that he
will address the UN, demonstrating the importance he attributes to those
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is also expected to address the
Last year, Netanyahu chose the General Assembly to unfurl a
cartoonish-looking picture of a bomb, and then drew a thick red line on it that
he said delineated the point in Iran’s nuclear development process beyond which
it must not be allowed to proceed.
Though ridiculed at the time by
pundits and politicians, that speech remained embedded in the minds of many. In
April, The Washington Post editorialized that Netanyahu’s explicit setting of a
red line in that speech “appears to have accomplished what neither negotiations
nor sanctions have yielded: concrete Iranian action to limit its
The prime minister is expected to meet with a number of
world leaders on the sidelines of the General Assembly. While a meeting with
United States President Barack Obama is possible, nothing has been finalized or