Dr Mike Evans

Prime Minister Yair Lapid meets with UN General Secretary to address antisemitic bias

Prime Minister Yair Lapid met today during his diplomatic visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“Lapid noted that he expects that the Secretary-General will act to rectify the discriminatory treatment of Israel at the United Nations, in particular stopping the activity of the Commission of Inquiry,” the prime minister’s office shared in a statement.

“The Prime Minister and Secretary-General also discussed the fight against antisemitism and ways in which it is possible to act to reduce it. Additionally, the Prime Minister emphasized the common need for western countries to fight terrorism,” it added.

Lapid also met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in New York. The meeting marked the first time leaders from the two nations have met in more than a decade.

Both countries recently announced the restoration of full diplomatic relations and the return of Ambassadors and Consuls-General to Israel and Turkey.

“The two leaders discussed the fight against terrorism in Israel and generally. Prime Minister Lapid thanked President Erdoğan for intelligence cooperation at the time of Iran’s attempts to carry out terrorist attacks on Turkish soil,” according to the prime minister’s office.

“The Prime Minister also brought up the issue of missing and captive Israelis, and the importance of bringing them home,” the statement added.

Lapid met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in New York as well. The two leaders, who recently met in Amman in July, focused on the need for calming tensions during the upcoming Jewish holidays. The prime minister also emphasized that Israel will continue to fight terrorism directed against it in all its forms to protect its citizens.