Oren: Obama won't call for Israel's return to 1967 borders

May 18, 2011 11:55


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Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren on Wednesday denied that, in conversations between White House officials and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's advisers, US officials raised the possibility that Obama will call on Israel to return to 1967 borders and to divide Jerusalem in his speech set for Thursday.

In an interview with Army Radio, Oren also denied that there was a confrontation between the White House and Netanyahu's office in Jerusalem about the timing of Obama's speech.

According to Oren, Obama's speech will precede Netanyahu's because of the president's schedule, and no other reason.

Oren told Army Radio that Obama's speech will focus mainly on the recent shifts in Middle East security, and that only a small part would be devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He added that "The United States is working and will continue to work to prevent a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood  in September."

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