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Friday, 20 May 2011

Livni, Obama, Netanyahu and the talkerati

Has anybody noticed that Israel's opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, appears to have called for Binyamin Netanyahu to resign as Israel's Prime Minister because of his response to yesterday's speech by President Obama? Ms Livni, who leads what is actually the largest single party in Israel's Parliament, said: "An American president that supports the two-state vision is representing Israeli interests and is not anti-Israel." This is an extremely interesting intervention. 

Anyway, someone on Sky News yesterday said that the talkerati would have a lot to say about President Obama's Middle East speech. I've never heard of the talkerati before and I love that. The talkerati. I fear that if there is one thing worse than being a member of the talkerati, it is not being a member, but aspiring to be one. Let's not go there. So President Obama made a very important speech (which, incidentally, began with the glorious words: "Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you. Please, have a seat") on the Middle East and North Africa yesterday. If you read it in full (and you really should, if you want to have an informed opinion on it), you will discover that most of it was not about Israel/Palestine, and actually the most interesting bits were about the wider region and its economic development, including an important role for the EU (which means an important role for the UK).

Everyone's talking about Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's response to the speech (and far fewer people are talking about the equally interesting Syrian reaction, but that's another story). All eyes now turn to Mr Netanyahu's trip to Washington, about which this New York Times piece is very interesting (including providing a corrective to anyone who thinks that the UK doesn't matter in all of this). 

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