22 May '11, 5pm

Obama forcefully defends his Mideast peace call - Channel News Asia

Obama forcefully defends his Mideast peace call - Channel News Asia

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama forcefully defended on Sunday his call for an Israeli-Palestinian peace based on pre-1967 frontiers, suggesting critics had misrepresented him. In a speech in Washington that was generally well received by Israel's hardline supporters, Obama said delays in moving toward a two-state solution would undermine Israel's security. "There was nothing particularly original in my proposal," Obama told an estimated 10,000 delegates of the powerful pro-Israel lobby, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. "This basic framework for negotiations has long been the basis for discussions among the parties, including previous US administrations," he said. In a speech on Thursday, Obama called on Israel to accept a return to territorial lines in place before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, with mutual land swaps with Palestinians to frame a secure peac...

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