Netanyahu Cancels U.N. Visit

YERUSHALAYIM -

Diplomacy will have to be listed as collateral damage of the Israeli election, as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be too preoccupied with trying to extract a coalition from the outcome to travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly later this month.

Netanyahu’s office confirmed on Wednesday that he will not be able to attend the gathering on September 24.

A meeting with President Donald Trump during the visit will also be cancelled. They were slated to discuss a “mutual defense treaty” between Israel and the U.S., which was announced three days before election day.

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has been designated to stand in for the prime minister at the U.N.