Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu pledged today to work alongside President Barack Obama to find a way to renew frozen peace talks with the Palestinians.
Responding to Obama’s efforts to ease tensions with Israel in a speech to the AIPAC pro-Israel lobby group, over policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which the U.S. leader presented last week, Netanyahu issued a statement saying:
“I would like to express my appreciation of President Obama’s speech before the AIPAC conference,” he said. “I am a partner to President Obama’s wish to promote peace and I appreciate his efforts in the past and present to achieve this goal. I am determined to work with President Obama to find ways to renew peace talks.”
In his speech before AIPAC, Obama clarified Sunday his message from last Thursday’s Mideast speech, emphasizing his belief that negotiations should be based on 1967 borders with mutually agreed swaps, but not be identical to the lines which existed on June 4, 1967.
Obama stressed that a solution based on 1967 borders reflects a long-standing U.S. policy that has simply not been made public as of yet. He said his call for a future Palestine based on the 1967 borders with agreed upon land swaps was a public expression of what has long been acknowledged privately.