Netanyahu’s rejection of Obama’s 1967 border deal leaves peace talks in tatters

Netanyahu’s rejection of Obama’s 1967 border deal leaves peace talks in tatters

Palestinians describe fresh talks as pointless following Israel’s dismissal of Barack Obama’s call for a return to prewar frontier
Peter Beaumont
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US president Barack Obama listens to Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu during talks at the White House last week. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters
Senior Palestinian officials declared peace negotiations with Israel were “pointless” after the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, rejected Barack Obama’s call to base Middle East border talks on the pre-1967 war lines.
Amid growing evidence of a deepening crisis in the stalled peace process, Fatah officials also indicated that they would defy Obama’s calls not to seek UN recognition of Palestine as an independent state – a move that the US president has warned against following Fatah’s reconciliation with the Islamic militant organisation Hamas.
The comments from Nabil Shaath and Saeb Erekat, both aides to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, follow the rejection by Netanyahu of Obama’s call for a Palestine based broadly on pre-1967 borders.
Instead, Netanyahu has said that Israel views the US proposal as “unrealistic” and “indefensible”. Underlining its rejection last week, on the eve of Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, Israel announced it intends to build 1,500 new housing units in east Jerusalem.
The Palestinian remarks came as it emerged that Obama’s border proposal had the backing of the UN, the EU and Russia – leaving Netanyahu increasingly isolated in his hawkish stance.

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