(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])
President Shimon Peres will steer clear of local politics when addressing the Knesset's opening session on Monday, but he will launch a scathing attack against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his recent anti-Israel utterances at the United Nations General Assembly.
Peres will also devote a considerable amount of his speech to the Iranian nuclear threat and the hazards of global warming - what Peres sees as the two greatest dangers confronting Israel and the world at large.
Another danger on which Peres will focus will be those of the oil rich states that contribute to terrorism.
He will also talk about the importance of turning Israel into a global laboratory that will contribute not only to Israel's needs but those of humanity in general. In this context he will urge that everything possible be done to bring home Israeli scientists working abroad.
Israel should be measured not only in terms of kilometers, he will propose, but also in terms of the number of scientists per square kilometer.
Israel has the brainpower to provide solutions to the world's ecological problems, Peres believes, and must lead the way to reducing pollution everywhere by introducing alternate energy, clean water, battery operated cars and a synthesis between high tech and clean tech.
Also Monday, the Finance Ministry is expected to present the Knesset with the 2008 state budget, which is reported to include increased allocations for education and defense, as well as cuts to other government services.
The Economic Arrangements Law will not be presented until next week, Army Radio reported Monday morning.