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Why I won’t go to Netanyahu’s speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the midst of a heated reelection campaign. Yet, he is traveling 5,900 miles to give a speech before a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday — just two weeks before Israelis go to the polls.

An ‘invite’ for Putin

When Ukraine’s president, pressed by the leaders of France and Germany, signed a peace agreement for eastern Ukraine on Feb. 12, he hoped it would purchase several months of calm during which the beleaguered government in Kiev could move ahead with economic reforms and bolster its military defenses. That didn’t happen: Russian forces launched a major attack immediately after the conclusion of the agreement and captured a key town, Debaltseve. That raised the question of whether Western leaders would take action to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin’s violation and impede further aggression.