Obama and Netanyahu (awkwardly) meet


Just one day after President Obama gave a speech on Israel and the Middle East, things got tense between the President and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu at the White House. Sitting next to the President, Netanyahu declared that Israel would not pull its borders back to those from 1967 in order to make way for a Palestinian state. While President Obama looked on, Netanyahu called that suggestion “indefensible.”

The President tried to find a more diplomatic tone saying that these kinds of disagreements will happen “between friends.” The remarks from the two leaders came after a lengthy closed-door meeting at the White House. “We value your efforts to advance the peace process,” Netanyahu said after that meeting. “Israel wants peace, I want peace. … We want a peace that will endure. … For there to be peace, Palestinians cannot expect Israel to go back to the 1967 lines.”

In his speech yesterday, President Obama said that the U.S.  supports the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel based on borders that existed before the 1967 Six Day War.

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