Words Don’t Come Easy
High profile policy speech-making seems to be all the rage these days. Some ten days ago, President Obama delivered his highly acclaimed address to the Muslim world, and last night it was Prime Minister Netanyahu’s turn.
Mr. Netanyahu gave his speech at Bar Ilan University. I’m not sure if that was an attempt to emulate President Obama, or just a way to evade being heckled by political opponents in the Knesset, where such political initiatives usually would be presented — at least in the opinion of the speaker of the Knesset, who was rather miffed at the Prime Minister’s choice of venue.
In a way, one can understand why Mr. Netanyahu didn’t want to deliver this address before a hostile audience such as the Knesset. It can’t have been an easy speech to give, and it seemed to have annoyed almost everyone, from the Arab world on the one hand to the Israeli right-wing on the other. Only his fellow speech-maker in the White House has been cautiously encouraging.
Much has been written about this speech already, also internationally here, here and there, so I’m not going to analyze it in detail. Suffice it to say, that it’s an interesting rhetorical feat to — on the one hand — call for immediate peace talks without preconditions, and — on the other — say that the end result will have to be a Palestinian state with no military, no control over its airspace and no part in Jerusalem.
Apart from that it was nice to see Mr. Netanyahu going back to the basics of his oratory repertoire by yet again referring to his heroic dead brother.
The whole speech can be enjoyed here.
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