Obama and Netanyahu Didn’t Smile Very Much in Their Meeting

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President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel as they walk from the Oval Office to the South Lawn Drive of the White House, following their meetings, May 20, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House. Photo: Pete Souza/This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Reiterating his complaint that returning the borders of Israel to where they were in 1967 before the Six-Day War would render them indefensible, Benjamin Netanyahu confronted Barack Obama today about yesterday's speech to the Arab world. "Peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle East reality," an "unsmiling" Netanyahu told Obama in the Oval Office, according to Reuters. (The Washington Post described his tone as "lecturing.") The 1967 borders "don't take into account certain demographic changes that have taken place on the ground over 44 years," he added. Obama, for his part, reiterated portions of his speech to the press after their meeting. He did not give ground on his statement about the borders. That's probably why most of the photos from their meeting showed a lot of chin-holding, and no hand-holding.

In meeting with Obama, Netanyahu rules out Israeli withdrawal to 1967 boundaries [NYT]