Ne­tanyahu plan­ning to be­come first Is­raeli prime min­is­ter to visit Latin Amer­ica

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( Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu is re­port­edly plan­ning to make a his­toric trip to Latin Amer­ica next month, which would make him the first sit­ting Is­raeli head of state to visit the re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in The Jerusalem Post, Ne­tanyahu’s of­fice is in the ad­vanced plan­ning stages to visit Mex­ico and Ar­gentina in mid-Septem­ber ahead of a visit to New York to ad­dress the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The trip would co­in­cide with the 70th an­niver­sary of the 1947 U.N. Par­ti­tion Plan, in which 13 Latin Amer­i­can and Caribbean coun­tries voted for the cre­ation of a Jewish state in the for­mer Bri­tish Man­date of Pales­tine.

The move by Ne­tanyahu is part of a larger ef­fort by the Is­raeli leader to im­prove ties with non-tra­di­tional al­lies such as African and Asian coun­tries.

Ne­tanyahu’s plan to visit Latin Amer­ica first emerged late last year while host­ing Gu­atemala’s Pres­i­dent Jimmy Mo­rales in Jerusalem.

Ac­cord­ing to Is­raeli of­fi­cials, Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries are in­ter­ested in ob­tain­ing Is­raeli tech­nol­ogy as well as agri­cul­tural, se­cu­rity and med­i­cal knowl­edge.

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