Netanyahu delays Russia departure after explosion

Bombing coincides with PM's planned flight; trip delayed as Netanyahu is briefed on Jerusalem bombing; Barak is currently in the US.

By JPOST.COM STAFF,
March 23, 2011 16:37
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu speech 311 . (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he is delaying his departure on a planned trip to Russia after the explosion in central Jerusalem.

Netanyahu had just finished a meeting with his security cabinet to discuss the escalation of rocket attacks, when the bombing occurred, and was supposed to fly to Moscow on Wednesday afternoon.

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The Prime Minister's trip will be delayed by a few hours, but Netanyahu does not intend to cancel the trip.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently returned from the United States.

The explosion, at a bus station near the Jerusalem International Conference Center, injured over 25 bystanders, with three in critical condition.

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