Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected US President Barack Obama's call for withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories to the 1967 borders. Netanyahu also rejected any pullout from East al-Quds (Jerusalem). "Those borders are not defensible," and the establishment of a Palestinian state must not come "at Israel's expense,"Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying on Friday.
In his Middle East policy speech on Thursday, President Obama called for the formation of an independent Palestinian state based on the lines before the 1967 Mideast war.
"We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states," said Obama. Israel captured the West Bank, East al-Quds and the Gaza Strip during the 1967 war.