While the White House is promising that President Barack Obama’s big Middle East speech on Thursday will make news, Obama will avoid the biggest story this week: the inflamed Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which claimed a few more lives Sunday.

The president also will not spend much time on Osama bin Laden.

Instead, Obama will reportedly discuss innovative ways the U.S. can meddle in the Arab Spring. That should go over well in the region. — PZS

The Hill:

President Obama’s address on the Middle East Thursday will not focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

It will also not focus on the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

Instead, after months of political upheaval and uprisings in the Middle East, President Obama will try to deliver a speech that assesses the sweeping changes the region has experienced, and discusses where the U.S. should go from here.

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