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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett boarding his plane back to Israel from his visit to Washington, DC, Aug. 29, 2021.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is heading to New York overnight Saturday into Sunday as he prepares to address the United Nations General Assembly for the first time.

His remarks will reportedly focus on Iran – and Israel’s intention to prevent the Tehran regime from attaining a nuclear military weapon — as well as taking aim at the hypocrisy and double standards to which Israel is held by the world body and its various international forums, according to The Jerusalem Post.

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Bennett will address the world body at 9 am ET Monday – 4 pm Israel time – before the start of the final holy days of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, Simchat Torah in Israel, and Shemini Atzeret in the US, followed the next day by Simchat Torah. (Sukkot lasts seven days in Israel, eight days in the Diaspora.)

The prime minister is set to leave the United States on Tuesday night, following the Israeli holiday of Simchat Torah; as an Israeli, he observes only one day of the holiday.

On Bennett’s agenda is a meeting Sunday evening with two Abraham Accords partners: United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The prime minister will meet with UAE Minister of State in the country’s foreign ministry, Khalifa Shaheen Almarar, and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani.

Bennett is also scheduled for talks with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

In addition, Bennett is slated to address leaders of Jewish Diaspora organizations at an event held by the Jewish Federations of North America.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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