Netanyahu says he’s determined to work with Obama on peace


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he "appreciated" President Obama’s speech to AIPAC and that he is "determined to work together" with the president to advance peace.

"I join in the president’s desire to advance peace, and I appreciate his past and present efforts to achieve this goal," Netanyahu said in a statement issued after Obama addressed the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference.

"I am determined to act together with President Obama to find ways to renew the peace negotiations," he said. "Peace is a fundamental need for us all."

Obama in his speech Sunday elaborated on his call in a policy speech May 19 to make the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, the basis for negotiations.

On Sunday, Obama said that "by definition" such negotiations would result in different borders.

The first speech had earned a terse and angry response from Netanyahu, who said the 1967 lines were "indefensible."

Netanyahu is due to address the AIPAC conference on Monday at the U.S. Congress the following day.

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