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Israel opposes withdrawal to 1967 borders: PM

Israel should not be asked to withdraw to the borders that existed before the 1967 Six Day War, Israel's Prime Minister said Thursday, after US President Barack Obama's Middle East policy speech.

world Updated: May 20, 2011 01:39 IST

Israel should not be asked to withdraw to the borders that existed before the 1967 Six Day War, Israel's Prime Minister said Thursday, after US President Barack Obama's Middle East policy speech.

In a statement issued after the speech, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office called on Washington to confirm it would adhere to "assurances" given to Israel by former president George W. Bush in 2004.

"Among other things, those commitments relate to Israel not having to withdraw to the 1967 lines, which are both indefensible and which would leave major Israeli population centres in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) beyond those lines," the statement said.