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Netanyahu at odds with Obama over peace plan borders

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Netanyahu at odds with Obama over peace plan borders


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to give a speech in the US Congress in which he has said he will present his view of a future Middle East peace.

His and his wife Sara’s six-day visit to Washington DC winds up tomorrow.

On Monday he said his vision for a secure Israeli-Palestinian peace would be clear. He reiterated that Israel would never return to its old, narrow 1967 borders.

Addressing the annual policy conference of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobby group, Netanyahu appeared to keep alive a public dispute with President Barack Obama over the shape of a future Palestine.

Obama has said the 1967 lines – which Netanyahu calls ‘indefensible’ – should be the basis for a Palestinian state.

Within those borders Israel was less than 13km wide at its narrowest point.

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