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Obama and Netanyahu Meet on Mid East Peace

Differences remain on way forward

Washington, DC
Friday, May 20, 2011

Following up on his meeting on Tuesday with the King of Jordan and his speech yesterday on the Middle East, President Obama sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to spur Mid East peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. 

A major point of conversation was Obama's call yesterday for the borders of a two state solution between Israel and Palestinians be based on 1967 borders.

Talking to State Department officials, diplomats and reporters yesterday, the President called on Israel and Palestinian leadership to “cast off the burdens of the past, the drive for a lasting peace."  Adding, the borders "should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps."

President Obama and King Abdullah II of Jordan met Tuesday on U.S.-Jordanian relations and discussed their combined roles during the political unrest in the Middle East.

During a joint press briefing following their meeting, Obama said that it was "critical that it not only be political reform, but also economic reform” in the region.

On Sunday, President Obama will address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the largest pro-Israel lobby in the United States.

Updated: Friday, May 20, 2011 at 3:27pm (ET)

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