Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that he was visiting the United Nations General Assembly in New York due to political uncertainty in Israel, where he appeared to miss the government majority in national elections.
More than 90 votes In a percentage of the votes cast, Netanyahu's decades of power seemed to waver. It was expected that its center-right Likud party would win 31 seats while its main rival, the centrist blue-white party, had 32 seats, according to the Central Electoral Committee. White leader Benny Gantz, the first chance, a new one Form a government if it can form a coalition with other parties. However, it is not clear whether Gantz will join the Likud party if Netanyahu continues to be its leader.
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Netanyahu, a close ally of President Donald Trump, has participated in the main debate of the UN General Assembly every year, with one exception, since he came to power in 2009, according to The Jerusalem Post. In a remarkable speech to the General Assembly in 2012, Netanyahu drew a red line on a comic diagram of a bomb to illustrate how close he claimed Iran was to the development of a nuclear weapon.
According to Netanyahu's report on Wednesday afternoon, an Israeli government official told NBC News, "Due to political circumstances, the PM is not traveling to UNGA."
Netanyahu should speak next Thursday, just three places behind Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas according to the General Assembly schedule. It was also expected that he would meet Trump on the sidelines of the meeting.
Yisrael Katz, Netanyahu's foreign minister, will speak in the place of the prime minister before the UN, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Trump, asked by reporters Wednesday afternoon, when he had spoken with Netanyahu since the election, he did not say so, adding, "These results are coming in and it's very close, everyone knew it would come very close will see what happens. "
Then he seemed to distance himself from the Israeli leader and said, "Look, our relationship is with Israel, we'll see what happens."
Netanyahu is at risk, possibly in three corruption cases. If he remains Prime Minister, Netanyahu may be able to pass laws that grant him immunity. However, if he loses, he may have to appear in court and even be brought to justice.
The result could also have a huge impact on the Middle East in times of renewed tensions between the US and Iran.
A former army chief of staff pled for a promise of clean government and social harmony. He has called for peace with Palestinians while preserving Israeli security.
Josh Lederman, Saphora Smith and Paul Goldman  contributed.