Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to take off for the United States early Monday, hours after the end of the Rosh Hashanah holiday, on a visit that will feature a series of meetings with world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly but will still be far from what he'd hoped for.
The highest-profile sit-down will be the long-awaited visit with US President Joe Biden in a format that is sure to disappoint the prime minister, who has been angling for a visit to the White House since he returned to office as head of a right-wing, far-right and ultra-Orthodox coalition in late December. The Biden administration has held off on such an invitation amid massive protests and fierce opposition to the Netanyahu government's judicial overhaul bid, which Washington has repeatedly warned against.
Instead, Biden has sufficed with a Netanyahu meeting on the sidelines of the General Assembly next week. The premier is set to address the gathering of world leaders next Friday morning local time.
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Lazar Berman is the Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter and a Middle East Forum Writing Fellow.