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Inside Netanyahu's Speech

  • By : Brian Bush
  • May 24, 2011
  • 4:05 pm

Hi Everybody,

Well… There were no significant headlines in Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's AIPAC speech unlike US President Barak Obama's hours before. It looks like Mr. Netanyahu will save those for this evening's address to a joint session of Congress.

Just what will Netanyahu say tonight – in what is, to date, the speech of his life?

Mr. Netanyahu will say; 'These are our (Israel's) principles – the guidelines for making peace with the Palestinians'.

He will insist upon recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. He will call upon Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to come to negotiate – without Hamas at the table.

He will of course take aim at Iran and warn the world about the Iranian threat and relate to the revolutions in the Arab world taking place around Israel.

We might well hear a bit about his vision for the Middle East too, but the buttom line is Bibi will be walking a tightrope while he's giving his speech.

Here's why from the view here in Israel. Mr. Netanyahu must clearly leave an opening for cooperation with President Obama who is keeping his cards close to his chest. At the same time, he must also meet the expectations of the pro-Israel Republican majority.

He will have an easy time preserving the stated American administration's opposition to the Palestinians desire to unilaterally establish a state of Palestine this September at the United Nations. But the biggie is that he's gotta do all this in a language that can keep his government coalition intact.

It is not going to be easy, but the odds are clearly in his favor of coming out on top in America. Back home, in Jerusalem he has a small army of aids who will put some spin on any mess and do damage control to any part of the political spectrum here if needed.

We'll have the reactions both from America and here in Israel on tomorrow's Harvest Show – be sure to join us!

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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