Grading Bibi's Speech
Did the Israeli leader make an important step in endorsing a Palestinian state—or did he defy Obama by refusing to halt settlements? Les Gelb, Mort Zuckerman and other Daily Beast regulars assess the address.
With today's speech, Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could have had his Nixon-in-China moment. Instead, says Eric Alterman, he chose to ignore Obama's message from Cairo—and seal his political fate despite his conditional acceptance of a two-state solution. MORE >>
In his speech Sunday, the Israeli prime minister made security points that team Obama must not ignore—and absent Palestinian concessions, he went as far on settlements as any Israeli leader could go. MORE >>
As I watched the speech from Israel—and talked to Netanyahu afterwards—I saw a poised leader who did what what necessary to move negotiations forward. MORE >>
With his speech, Netanyahu put President Obama in the middle of the regional conflict, with Ahmadinejad on the other flank. MORE >>
Without a larger gesture from Binyamin Netanyahu, the Arab states are unlikely to reach out to Israel in ways that could bring meaningful change. MORE >>