51st: Authentic and original chutzpah and more of it

Ha'aretz reports whatthe U.S. media dare not speak: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will give a Mideast peace policy speech in front of U.S. Congress in late May, Haaretz learned on Thursday, in an attempt to counter a speech expected to deal with U.S. Mideast policy by President Barack Obama." Does this make Netanyahu co-president? or co-secretary of state?

UPDATE on the invitation to speak from MJ Rosenberg at Media Matters: "Leave it to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). With President Barack Obama expected to deliver a major speech outlining a new (or, at least, revised) Middle East peace strategy soon, Cantor decided it was time to invite Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to deliver a speech before a joint session of Congress.

"This is one of the benefits of having a Republican House at the same time that a Likud prime minister is in office in Israel. The two right-wing parties can work together to thwart any Democratic president's attempt to advance U.S. national security by brokering Middle East peace."

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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