Officials have confirmed that President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. The meeting will reportedly take place at the hotel where Obama will stay, in between Obama’s UN address on Tuesday and Netanyahu’s scheduled appearance on Thursday.
In this 17th meeting between the two, it is reported (by the NY Times) that Obama will once again press for a framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Historically, the Obama administration has pressured Israel to engage in negotiations that jeopardize Israel’s borders and their security. Ironically, this meeting is set to take place only days after the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Israel and the US, providing $38 billion in military aid to Israel over the next 10 years.
Though unclear on how deeply the conversation will go, Obama has indicated that, after showing his commitment to Israel in the aid deal, he now expects Netanyahu to move toward final negotiations with the Palestinians.
Many eyes will be on Mr. Obama during his speech to the General Assembly, but if he does decide to lay out his peace plan, he might wait until after the November election to avoid having it become caught up in campaign politics. If he proceeds, he could give a speech outlining his ideas or even encapsulate them in a resolution before the United Nations Security Council.
~New York Times, 9/18/16
This will be Obama’s final speech to the UN as President of the United States. It will also be the final UN General Assembly for Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. During his tenure, the UN has continued to sanction Israel disproportionately.
Finally, there have been rumblings that Barack Obama is angling to become UN Secretary-General at some point. It is wise for us to pray for God to thwart the evil ambitions that seem to seep from the UN, and that the Lord will place in power those who walk in righteousness.