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Netanyahu rejects peace talks based on 1967 borders. Obstructionist?

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver a press conference following their meeting in the Oval Office June 18, 2009. Screen-shot from official White House video

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday rejected a Palestinian demand that direct negotiations be based on a statement by the Quartet confirming its position that the future Palestinian state will be based on the 1967 borders.

Meeting in Jerusalem with U.S. envoy George Mitchell, Netanyahu repeated his demand for the renewal of direct talks without preconditions. Mitchell briefed Netanyahu on his meeting on Tuesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and gave the prime minister the Palestinian proposal.

Read the story here: Netanyahu rejects peace talks based on 1967 borders – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

Naseer Aruri, a Palestinian-American, is chancellor professor (emeritus) of political science at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, writes in the Providence Record Journal that President Obama’s capitulation last month to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was disheartening. But it was not surprising. Most American presidents, Dwight Eisenhower aside, wilt under the pressure of the Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in particular.

Read his commentary here: Naseer Aruri: Netanyahu’s obstruction of peace | Contributors | projo.com | The Providence Journal.

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