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Source: Netanyahu Agreed With Obama On 1967 Lines All Along

By Ben Armbruster on September 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm

"Source: Netanyahu Agreed With Obama On 1967 Lines All Along"

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A debate about “1967 lines” has gone on ad nauseum since President Obama said in a speech last May that negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians for a future Palestinian state “should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps.” Right-wing pro-Israel hawks in the U.S. complained that Obama had sold out the Jewish state despite the fact that the President had simply iterated long-standing U.S. policy. Netanyahu publicly admonished the President at the time, even though he later told Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) that he and Obama now “were in agreement” on the issue. Now, John Heilemann reports in New York magazine that Netanyahu had agreed with Obama all along. “I’ve been in more than one meeting with Bibi where he used the same language to describe the outlines of a deal,” one official says. “It’s outrageous — attacking the president for something he didn’t say, claiming he was putting Israel’s security at risk for stating out loud a position Bibi himself holds privately.”

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