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Netanyahu, Obama and 1967 borders: Reactions to the speech

Weighing in: Opinions swirl around Obama’s U.S. policy speech. (By Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

While Obama’s speech offered comments for most of the nations in turmoil, his words about Israel and Palestinians have garnered the most attention.

President Obama said a peace plan between Israel and Palestinians should include a Palestinian state with borders based on those prior to the Six-Day War in 1967.

According to the Post’s Fact Checker, his remarks represented a “major shift” in policy:

He did not articulate the 1967 boundaries as a “Palestinian goal” but as U.S. policy. He also dropped any reference to “realities on the ground” — code for Israeli settlements — that both Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton had used. He further suggested that Israel’s military would need to agree to leave the West Bank.

That shift drew an array of responses from politicians, policymakers, candidates and pundits. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who visited the White House Friday, said the Obama’s proposed borders were “indefensible” and suggested the plan would weaken Israeli security. Here are some more reactions:

Below, watch Obama’s speech in full. Do you think the speech will help facilitate peace between Israel and Palestine? Tell us in the comments below.


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