Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before flying out to New York for the UN General Assembly that he intends to “highlight Israel’s desire for peace with the Palestinians” during his Thursday speech and his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday. Netanyahu also said he will urge the Palestinians to stop inciting unrest on Temple Mount.
“I will stress that unfortunately, the Palestinians continue to spread blatant lies about our policy on Temple Mount, and I will demand an end to this wild incitement,” he said upon arriving at Ben-Gurion International Airport. “Israel is committed to the status quo, which it maintains. The Palestinian rioters who bring weapons to Temple Mount are the ones who harm the holy place and are the ones violating the status quo.”
Netanyahu said that in his speech, he will discuss Israel’s policy in light of the situation in Syria and the threats on Israel’s northern border. He added that he intends to explain what Israeli citizens feel after the nuclear agreement with Iran, and what Israel expects from the international community in the wake of that agreement.
“Every time I speak at the United Nations I feel that I have the privilege and the great responsibility of telling the truth to the world for the sake of the State of Israel,” said Netanyahu before boarding the plane to New York. “Every day that passes makes it clear that in the collapsing Middle East, where extremist Islam is taking over one area after another, Israel is an island of progress and stability.”
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) September 29, 2015