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Obama's AIPAC comments can't conceal mutual mistrust, say Israeli analysts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed 'appreciation' for President Obama's comments to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday.

President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Friday. President Barack Obama wants Israelis and Palestinians to return to the bargaining table analysts say the the mutual mistrust between the two administrations can not be concealed.

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President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday sought to tone down a fresh crisis after the two clashed in public at the White House two days earlier over Mr. Obama's call for a border between Israel and a Palestinian state to be based on the 1967 line demarcating the West Bank.

Addressing a conference of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday, Obama seemed to address Mr. Netanyahu’s blunt assertion Friday that using the 1967 line as future border is "indefensible" by stressing that the sides would need to draw a new border that would include territorial swaps to allow Israel to incorporate some settlements into the Jewish state. Soon after Obama's speech, Netanyahu released a statement expressing "appreciation" for the remarks.

But few believe Sunday’s comments can cover up what Israeli analysts see as the same lack of trust and coordination between the two administrations that has been festering for two years. That crisis will be on display in the coming days when Netanyahu addresses AIPAC on Monday and then gives a speech to Congress on Tuesday.


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