Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed Sunday evening for a diplomatic visit to the US, during which he will address the UN General Assembly on Friday morning.
During the visit, the Prime Minister will meet with US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Sholz, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and additional leaders.
Prime Minister Netanyahu will also meet with leaders of the US Jewish community.
The Prime Minister will start his visit in California, where he will meet with Elon Musk and others on developing artificial intelligence.
Netanyahu and Elon Musk will be doing a live feed here on X on Monday at 9:15 California time/12:15 NY/19:15 Israel. Judicial reform and antisemitism are among the expected topics of discussion.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks prior to his departure on a diplomatic visit to the US:
“I am now leaving for the UN General Assembly where I will represent Israel before the nations of the world. will also meet with many world leaders, especially President Biden, with whom I will discuss – first and foremost, but among other topics – Iran and expanding the circle of peace.
I will also meet with the German Chancellor, the President of Ukraine, the President of Türkiye, and many additional leaders from Asia, Europe and Africa. I must say that it is moving to see the many requests for meetings. Unfortunately, I cannot meet with all the leaders who made requests but I hope to meet with most of them.
Today, the world is seeing – and I will certainly emphasize this – that Iran is violating all of its commitments, that it brazenly lies, and that it intends both to develop nuclear weapons and continue its aggression in the region.
We will confront both of these together. I heard the threats from an official of the Iranian regime today; I suggest that he not threaten us. He and this regime need to know that we will respond forcefully to any attack on our people and our citizens.
I will start this visit in California where I intend to meet the current leader of the most dramatic development in the new age and perhaps in general, Elon Musk. I will discuss artificial intelligence with him and I will also work toward encouraging him to invest in Israel in the coming years. He is, to a large degree, paving the way that will change the face of humanity and also the face of the State of Israel.
Israel needs to be a leader in artificial intelligence. Just as we turned it into a leader in cyber, so we will do in this field as well.”