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Bennett to urge action on Iran in UN speech, won’t focus on Palestinians — aide

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NEW YORK — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will seek to portray Israel as a global player whose expertise can offer solutions to pressing world problems during his speech at the United Nations on Monday, a senior adviser said.

Bennett’s first UN General Assembly address will focus on the “Israeli ethos of action, of solutions, of innovation, of optimism,” the adviser said during a phone briefing from New York City on Sunday. The speech will also address “Israel’s place in the less sympathetic region we live in, and Israel’s place in the wider global context, where there is good news and there is bad news.”

The prime minister’s address will reflect what the adviser called a new, “more optimistic and dynamic” view of Israel in the eyes of the world, one that reflects the “new generation of Israeli leadership.”

“This is the time to tell the story of Israel,” said the adviser.

Israel’s COVID-19 response will be part of that message, with the prime minister explaining to the world how Israel is handling the pandemic without additional lockdowns, and what lessons the Israeli experience has to offer the world.

“The way he describes the Israeli model to others will be interesting,” the official said.

Iran’s nuclear program will also be a focus of the speech, with the message that the time has come for........

© The Times of Israel

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