Netanyahu Objects to Obama's Backing of 1967 Borders

Prime minister says the old lines are 'indefensible'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 19, 2011 3:38 PM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference in his office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

(Newser) – Benjamin Netanyahu’s office has tweeted its response to President Obama’s Middle East speech—and the prime minister isn’t happy with Obama’s support for a peace plan based on Israel’s 1967 borders. “The viability of a Palestinian state ... cannot come at the expense of the viability of the one and only Jewish state,” the office said in one of a series of tweets compiled by ABC's Political Punch blog. Another said Israel wants Obama to reaffirm a letter from George W. Bush in 2004 that did not call for a return to the 1967 borders.

“Those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centers in Judea and Samaria beyond those lines,” the tweets continue. They also say “Palestinian refugees will settle in a future Palestinian state rather than in Israel.” In any event, Netanyahu and Obama can hash it out in person tomorrow when they meet.

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