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Obama meets with Israeli PM after Mideast speech

May 20, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
One day after his controversial speech on the Middle East, President Barack Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

During his speech, Obama endorsed the Palestinians' demand that their eventual state be based on borders that existed before the 1967 Six Day War when Israeli forces occupied east Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

Netanyahu dismissed Obama's position and vowed to seek clarifications during his meeting at the White House.

The president never mentioned the 1967 borders as the two men talked with reporters. The leaders spoke after a lengthy meeting in the Oval Office.

The president says differences remain between the U.S. and Israel over reaching Middle East peace.

Netanyahu said Palestinian leaders have to choose between a pact with Hamas or peace with Israel. He also asid he values the president's effort and says Israel wants peace.

Both Obama and Netanyahu said they shared a desire to get to peace and downplayed disagreements. "We may have differences here and there," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu said Palestinian leaders have to choose between a pact with Hamas or peace with Israel. He also said he values the president's effort and says Israel wants peace.

Mideast experts say it's time for action, not words.

"What we need in this region, not any more, not more beautiful speeches but deeds, as a matter of fact, and we don't see it," said Dr. Hassan Nafaa of the University of Cairo.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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