With Eye on Trump, Netanyahu Cancels Plans to Attend Davos Forum

Netanyahu's office says cancellation not connected to investigation against PM, but rather to plans to meet Trump.

Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara in Davos, Switzerland, in 2014.
Kobi Gidon, GPO

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled plans to attend the Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland next week. The Prime Minister's Office said Netanyahu had decided to call off his January 18 trip.

Sources in the Prime Minister's Office said the decision is not connected to the ongoing investigation against Netanyahu. The sourced cited Netanyahu's plans to travel soon to Washington to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, though no date has as yet been set for that trip.

They also said a reason for the cancelation was fact that several heads of state Netanyahu was to have met in Davos were not planning to attend the summit.

The sourced added that in February, Netanyahu is planning a long work trip to Singapore, Australia and Fiji, a fact they also said was taken into account when deciding not to attend the event in Davos.

The decision comes a day after new details emerged into the investigation of Netanyahu, who has also been under police investigation, having been questioned twice in the past week on suspicion of graft.

Two weeks ago, following a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's settlements, Israel summoned a number of ambassadors from countries that supported the motion, even freezing talks with the U.K. to organize a meeting between Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May.