Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected calls from the US president for a Palestinian state based on the borders of 1967 – ahead of a highly anticipated meeting between the two leaders.
Mr Obama said in a major speech on Thursday that he supported the Palestinians’ demand that their eventual state be based on borders that existed before the Six Day War, when Israeli forces occupied east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.
It is the first time he has publicly endorsed such a policy.
But Mr Netanyahu criticised the comments ahead of his trip to Washington, saying it would leave Israel “indefensible”.
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