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It's raining diplomatic policy speeches.
Five days before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to deliver a major address expected to outline his diplomatic plans, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Vice Premier and Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon are scheduled to deliver significant policy speeches on Tuesday that are expected to foreshadow what Netanyahu will say.
Barak is scheduled to speak Tuesday to the Council for Peace and Security in Ramat Gan. He is expected to discuss settlement construction, relations with the US, the new situation in Lebanon following the elections, and Iran. This speech was announced Monday.
Ya'alon, who is currently in the US, will deliver a speech at the Washington Institute for Near East Studies entitled "Strategic Challenges in a Changing Middle East." Invitations to that speech were sent out in May.
Government officials said there was a great deal of coordination between Netanyahu and Ya'alon and Barak. The officials said the speeches would likely give an indication of where the Netanyahu government was headed, and what to expect from Netanyahu in his address on Sunday.