Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for New York city yesterday. During his five days at the United Nations, he is scheduled to speak at the UN General Assembly and meet with US President Barack Obama.
Netanyahu's speech will take place on Thursday, shortly after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks.
As a renewed wave of terrorist attacks washes over Israel and the United States, the Prime Minister has pledged that his will demand the international community to take a tougher stance on terrorism.
"I will present Israel's case, Israel's truth, Israel's justice and also Israel's heroism -- the heroism of our soldiers, our police officers and our citizens, who are waging an uncompromising struggle against brutal terrorism," Netanyahu said just before flying to New York on Tuesday.
"I expect from the international community a uniform standard in the war on terrorism," he said. "Today the entire international community says that there is a need to wage a determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism. And indeed, they must also support the determined and uncompromising fight against terrorism, and this moral clarity is necessary to both fight against -- and defeat -- terrorism."
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet with US President Barack Obama to discuss this and other issues today. The meeting will likely be their last before Obama's final term ends in about two months.
Both leaders are also expected to discuss the landmark defense aid package signed between the US and Israel last week. "I will thank him [Obama] for the great and important security assistance to the State of Israel over the coming decade," Netanyahu said.
For his part, Obama plans to "discuss the need for genuine advancement of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the face of deeply troubling trends on the ground," according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
Ben Rhodes, White House deputy national security adviser, told reporters Tuesday that the United States has discussed its concerns about Israeli settlements and "the potential viability of a Palestinian state in the face of that settlement activity. ... I'm sure President Obama will do so tomorrow [at the meeting] as well."
Some administration officials suspect Obama may use the meeting to lay out his own guidelines for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Obama also addressed the issue in his speech yesterday to the UN General Assembly. "And surely, Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land," he said.
He also suggested that a "course correction" was necessary in global integration in order to successfully deal with world conflicts.
Speaking about the Middle East and the Islamic State group, Obama added, "If we are honest, we understand that no external power is going to be able to force different religious communities or ethnic communities to coexist for long ... until basic questions are answered about how communities coexist, the embers of extremism will continue to burn, countless human beings will suffer -- most of all in that region -- but extremism will continue to be exported overseas."
He further explained that despite great progress, there is growing unrest and tension between nations.
"This is the paradox that defines our world today," Obama said.
On the sidelines of the General Assembly, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss regional challenges and the possibility of a two-state solution.
Kerry stressed U.S. concerns over Palestinian violence and Israeli settlement construction, according to State Department Spokesman John Kirby.
Kirby said that Abbas and Kerry would "work with key partners to advance the prospects for peace, while opposing all efforts that would undermine that goal."
This is a lightly edited and blended version of two original articles published by Israel Hayom at http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36545 and at http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36587