For the first time since I’ve been in Washington, I’ve wanted to cover a speech made at the AIPAC annual conference. These are the first considered remarks made by the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government since the Biden Jerusalem Insult. What Secretary Clinton will say, and how Prime Minister Netanyahu will at-least-implicitly respond, will probably set the tone for the next several months worth of U.S.-Israel relations. We can game it out as we like — how tough will the speech be underneath the inevitably conciliatory rhetoric — but the truth is we don’t know, and that makes this the first policymaker speech to an AIPAC conference in however-long that has a sense of drama to it.
In the meantime, credit where it’s due — this is a good Jeffrey Goldberg post. Good to see those in the right-Zionist precincts of the Shtetl consider the narrowness of the conference problematic.