Netanyahu: Claims of Disagreement With Obama Are 'Blown Out of Proportion'

Following a public dispute regarding 1967 borders and ahead of Obama address to AIPAC, Netanyahu denies any crisis with U.S. President, saying differences of opinion are 'among friends.'

Barak Ravid
Reuters
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Saturday that he was locked in crisis with President Barack Obama after their public dispute over the borders of a future Palestinian state.

"The reports of a disagreement have been blown way out of proportion," Netanyahu was quoted as saying by a spokesman.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Saturday May 21, 2011.Credit: Avi Ohayon

At the White House on Friday, Netanyahu bluntly rejected Obama's vision for the borders of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in what appeared to be the opening of a deep divide between the United States and Israel.

In an unusually sharp rebuke to Israel's closest ally, Netanyahu told Obama his endorsement of the Palestinian demand to go back to Israel's 1967 boundaries - meaning big land concessions - would leave Israel "indefensible."

It seems that Netanyahu was attempting to calm things down ahead of Sunday's address by Obama to the annual assembly in Washington of the pro-Israel lobby organization AIPAC, where the president could face a cool reception from some delegates.

"It's true we have some differences of opinion, but these are among friends," the spokesman quoted him as saying.

Netanyahu believed that Obama had "shown his commitment to Israel's security, both in word and in deed," the spokesman said. "And we are working with the administration to achieve common goals."

The spokesman did not define those shared goals, but Israeli officials have cited Obama's opposition to a Palestinian bid to win UN recognition of a state in the September in the absence of peace talks, and to Iran's nuclear program.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, Saturday May 21, 2011.Credit: Avi Ohayon

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