UN spotlight Thursday on Mideast crises, Netanyahu speaks


The U.N. spotlight will be on crises in the Mideast on Thursday, with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the General Assembly and Russia’s foreign minister holding a news conference a day after Russian warplanes launched airstrikes in Syria for the first time.

Hebrew sources said that Netanyahu’s speech on Thursday will focus on responding to Abbas’s speech on Wednesday, in which he stated that the PA is no longer bound to peace agreements with Israel, since it has never committed to anyon the ground.

Netanyahu said that Abbas’ speech was “encouraging incitement and calamity” in the Middle East, and urged him to “respond to the Israeli prime minister’s call to engage in ‘direct negotiations’ with Israel without precondition.”

On the other hand,  Russian FM Sergey Lavrov is certain to be questioned about reports that civilians were killed in the Russian airstrikes, and concerns that Moscow’s real aim is to support Syrian President Bashar Assad, a close ally, not to fight the Islamic State and other extremist groups.

Thursday’s agenda includes high-level meetings on Central African Republic and Mali, and a speech by North Korea’s foreign minister.

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