But Obama, unsurprisingly, doesn’t seem to have gotten the message. “Israel’s Netanyahu rejects Obama proposal on borders,” by Jeffrey Heller and Matt Spetalnick for Reuters, May 20:
(Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly told President Barack Obama on Friday his vision for the borders of a future Palestinian state would leave the Jewish state with an “indefensible” frontier.
Netanyahu’s remarks after the White House talks underscored how a new U.S. push for Middle East peace had opened one of the deepest divides in years in relations between the United States and close ally Israel.
“Peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle East reality,” an unsmiling Netanyahu told Obama in the Oval Office.
Netanyahu told Obama that Israel was willing to make compromises for peace but flatly rejected the idea of going back to 1967 borders, which he described as “indefensible.”
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Obama said he reiterated the peace “principles” he laid out on Thursday in policy speech on Middle East political upheaval….