Israeli PM Plans Trip To Fiji To Increase Outreach To Pacific

Netanyahu seeking support of 15 voting members of the UN in the region

By Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Nov. 17, 2016) – In a bid to bolster his country's standing in international forums, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced an upcoming trip to Fiji.

According to the Israel Times, Mr Netanyahu said Israel needed a presence at the United Nations.

"Why am I going to Fiji? Because 15 countries, 15 islands that each one have a vote at the UN are coming to that meeting," Mr Netanyahu said.

Addressing American Jewish leaders via video conference, Mr Netanyahu indicated that his trip to the tiny island nation — which has about 910,000 inhabitants, slightly more than Jerusalem — would take place in the framework of his planned visit to Singapore and Australia in February.

"I'm telling you that it will be no more than a decade, and possibly a lot sooner, that the automatic majority against Israel at the UN will collapse and Israel will actually find a fair hearing there," he told the Jewish leaders.

"Now it's not going to happen tomorrow.

"But it'll happen, and sooner rather than later."

According to the Israel Times, no sitting Israeli Prime Minister has ever visited Fiji.

Israel has a non-resident ambassador to Fiji based in Canberra, Australia.

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