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      Ahmadinejad to Address U.N. General Assembly on Yom Kippur

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly on Yom Kippur.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 9/10/2012, 12:27 PM

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
      Reuters

      Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, September 26, which also happens to be Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

      Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently said that he will leave for New York after the conclusion of Yom Kippur. He is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama on September 27, although sources said the date is subject to change due to the President's campaign schedule.

      Netanyahu is likely to address the General Assembly the next day, Friday September 28.

      The Prime Minister’s decision to address the U.N. came a day after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, calling Israelis “ferocious Zionist wolves who digest the Palestinian people.”

      "In Tehran today, the representatives of 120 countries heard a blood libel against the State of Israel and were silent,” Netanyahu said at the time.

      “This silence must stop. Therefore, I will go to the UN General Assembly and, in a clear voice, tell the nations of the world the truth about Iran's terrorist regime, which constitutes the greatest threat to world peace," the Prime Minister asserted.

      Western leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Holland are also expected to address the assembly.

      The Iranian nuclear program and the Syrian crisis are going to be the focal points of this year's meeting, sources said.