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Updated: May 24, 2011 15:18 IST

Netanyahu rejects 1967 borders; plans to outline vision for peace

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting in Washington on Monday.
AP Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee meeting in Washington on Monday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to outline his vision for a peace settlement in the Middle East while again denouncing the notion that a Palestinian state should be based on the 1967 borders.

“Israel cannot return to the indefensible 1967 lines,” Mr. Netanyahu said on Monday night to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the largest pro-Israel lobbying organization in the United States.

Mr. Netanyahu said he will describe what peace between a Palestinian state and Israel “could look like” in a speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday.

Mr. Netanyahu’s remarks came days after U.S. President Barack Obama called for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, before Israel seized control of the West Bank.

Mr. Obama’s public call on Thursday for the borders that were in place before the 1967 Middle East war drew a sharp rebuke from Mr. Netanyahu when the two leaders met on Friday in the White House.

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