Netanyahu calls off planned trip without a serious explanation

PM says ‘scheduling constraints’ caused election cycle’s second short-notice cancellation, fueling rumors he’s preparing for a different high-profile visit

Aug. 4, 2019

Less than a week before he was set to take off, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday canceled a planned trip to India, setting off speculation that he’s eyeing a different high-profile visit before this month’s election.

The prime minister had been confirmed to fly to New Delhi for a one-day trip on September 9, during which he was scheduled to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and possibly sign a number of bilateral agreements. According to reports in the local press, business deals, especially in the defense industry, were on the table as well.

But on Tuesday morning, Netanyahu called Modi to tell him that he is currently unable to come to India.

“The two agreed, due to scheduling constraints, that the prime minister’s visit would take place after the elections,” Netanyahu’s spokesperson Shir Cohen said in a short statement sent to reporters.