Netanyahu to Attend Top German Security Conference Despite Crisis at Home

Other world leaders expected to participate include Britain's May, Austria's Kurz, James Mattis and Iran's foreign minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves during the dedication ceremony of a new concourse at the Ben Gurion International Airport, near Lod, Israel February 15, 2018.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly to Germany on Thursday evening as planned to attend the Munich Security Conference – despite tensions on Israel’s northern borders and the police’s recommendations to indict him.

Netanyahu is expected to return to Israel Sunday evening. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman will serve as acting prime minister in his absence.

Other world leaders expected to participate in the international conference include British Prime Minister Theresa May, Austrian Chancellor Sebastien Kurz and Rwandan President Paul Kagame. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H. R. Mc Master have also confirmed their participation. Iran will be represented by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir is also scheduled to attend the conference. 

Netanyahu said on Thursday about his trip: “I am going to Germany to the Munich Conference, the most important security conference in the world, where I was invited to present Israel’s position to the heads of state and defense ministers gathered there.”

“I will make clear Iran’s role in the recent incidents in the north, its continued attempts to establish itself militarily in Syria and our steadfast determination to prevent this aggression,” added Netanyahu.