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The Israeli consulate in New York City was closed down for a short time on Friday afternoon (local time) after it received an envelope containing white powder and a threat to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli media reported.

Consular staff were ordered to remain in the building, and the suspicious material was examined. The all clear was given about an hour later.

Netanyahu, who visited Latin America this week, was scheduled to arrive in New York from Mexico on Friday, ahead of the UN General Assembly next week.

In addition to addressing the General Assembly, Netanyahu is also scheduled to meet President Donald Trump while in New York.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)