• Any Palestinian state must be demilitarized, without an air force, full-fledged army or heavy weapons.
• Palestinians may not sign treaties with powers hostile to Israel.
• A Palestinian state must allow Israeli civilian and military aircraft unfettered access to Palestinian airspace, allow Israel to retain control of the airwaves and to station Israeli troops on a future state's eastern and southern borders.
• Palestinians must accept Israel as a Jewish state, a nod to the hawkish side of Mr. Netanyahu's governing coalition that has raised concerns that the Palestinian Authority, which nominally governs the West Bank, does not recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
Many liberal bloggers are saying that the Israeli PM is moving forward with agenda items that need much more foundation-building (and old-promise-fulfilling) to actualize. If this is true, then I say Netanyahu is doing exactly what he should be doing by appeasing to the relevant parties while still sticking true to his ideology. I don't necessarily think that Netanyahu is playing a political game as much as he is initiating a dialogue. I mean, let's be real....this is a strict (at best) set of demands, and its more symbolic than anything.
One interesting point in this is what many have been calling the "Obama Effect" and what part that may have played in the PM's decision to speak on this so soon. The Lebanese elections of this week, which brought to power a pro-Western coalition, along with the rise to prominence of presidential candidate Mousavi against the incumbent Ahmadinejad (the victory is claimed by both) indicates a new global pattern of Western acceptance, supposedly initiated by Obama's person and policy. (Whether or not I believe this is true is another thing.....sure, Obama is awesome and amazing, but I think the point here is that Bush was just THAT bad. Also, people should figure economics into it as well - with America not necessarily looming as an economic hegemon anymore, countries and diplomats might view its vulnerability sympathetically. For once, everyone (including America) is in the same boat, and so America need not be viewed as the threat it used to be). Indeed, imaginary borders have been deconstructed since Obama's election into office, and maybe Netanyahu's speech is a testament to this.
Regardless, I'm interested to see what the response will be from the Israeli right on this as well as from the American government. The PM's timing is impeccable - it'll be after the Iranian presidential victor is declared (so that its threat as a hostile nuclear power can be assessed and accommodated into the speech's content), and before any Arab nations have made a public speech on Israel-Palestine policy (correct me if I'm wrong?). I guess I'm also selfishly interested in this because it might dictate the tone Pakistan will take with India about Kashmir. Although Obama has said that he will not interfere with Kashmir, his handling of Israel and Palestinian "peace talks" will play a role in any decisions that may be made in Kashmir.
Anyways, on the whole, a job well-done, Netanyahu. Let's see what the future will bring. And more importantly, which, if any points, are even going to be put forth in the final compromise!