Friday, May 13, 2011
Netanyahu Set to Give Major Speech to U.S. Congress in Two Weeks
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to address the US Congress in two weeks, in a speech described as "historic" by his spokesman on Monday.
"It will be an important speech, even of historic importance," Mark Regev told the German Press Agency dpa.
While he would provide no details, Netanyahu may present some kind of initiative aimed at reviving the long-stalled peace negotiations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet US President Barack Obama on May 20 and address Congress on May 23.
His visit comes as feverish diplomatic efforts are underway to revive the peace process before September, when -- in the absence of peace talks -- the Palestinians plan to bypass Israel and win United Nations General Assembly recognition of an independent state within the West Bank and Gaza, with East Jerusalem as their capital.