Netanyahu 'no' dashes hopes of Palestinian peace talks

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Netanyahu 'no' dashes hopes of Palestinian peace talks

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has flatly rejected President Obama’s call for Israel to pull back to it’s 1967 borders and opened one of the deepest divides between Tel Aviv and Washington in years.

The Israeli prime minister said:

“While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peacce it cannot go back to 1967 lines because these lines are indefensible, because they don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground.”

The worsening US-Israeli relations look certain to dash any further Palestinian peace talks for some time.

Saeb Erekat former Palestinian negotiator said the statement means more deadlock:

“Netanyahu utterly rejects President Obama’s vision for two states based on 1967 and until Mr Netanyahu says he accepts two states on 1967 lines, I don’t think we have a partner or we have a peace process.”

Talks broke down last year after Israel refused to extend a moratorium on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank.

Just hours before the pair began talks in the Oval Office, Israel sanctioned a further 1,400 settlements to be built around Jerusalem.