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Disputes 'Between Friends:' Obama, Netanyahu At White House

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Showing no progress toward peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat alongside President Obama on Friday and declared that Israel would not withdraw to 1967 borders to help make way for an adjacent Palestinian state. Obama had called on Israel to be willing to do just that a day earlier.

The Israeli leader said he would make some concessions but Israel would not go back to the lines from decades earlier because they would be "indefensible."

For his part, Obama said that there were differences of formulations and language but that such disputes are going to happen "between friends."

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, amid tense times.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his nation could not negotiate with a newly constituted Palestinian unity government that includes the radical Hamas movement.

This program aired on May 20, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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