Netanyahu to Obama: No return to 1967 lines
President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office on Friday
May 20th, 2011
07:08 PM ET

Netanyahu to Obama: No return to 1967 lines

By CNN's Alan Silverleib

WASHINGTON (CNN) –Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday firmly rejected President Barack Obama's call for an approximate return to the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, telling the U.S. leader that such a move is impossible in light of current security concerns and demographic realities.

The two leaders pledged to work together, however, in the pursuit of a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

"Israel wants peace. I want peace," Netanyahu said while meeting with Obama at the White House. But "a peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality," he said.

"Obviously there are some differences between us in the precise formulations and language, and that's going to happen between friends," Obama said.

"But what we are in complete accord about is that a true peace can only occur if the ultimate resolution allows Israel to defend itself against threats, and that Israel's security will remain paramount in U.S. evaluations of any prospective peace deal."
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Topics: Middle East • President Obama • The News
May 20th, 2011
06:57 PM ET

White House Week In Review

WASHINGTON (CNN) - From graduations to a high-stakes speech on the future of Middle East and North Africa, not to mention some one-on-one diplomacy along the way, here is a look back at another action packed week for President Obama.

May 20th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

Is Obama about to break the law?

By CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash

WASHINGTON (CNN) –President Obama may be on the brink of breaking the law.

At issue: The 1973 War Powers Act, which says if the president does not get congressional authorization 60 days after military action, the mission must stop within 30 days.

The president formally notified Congress about the mission in Libya with a letter on March 21, which makes Friday the 60-day deadline.

Inaction is angering lawmakers from both the left and the right who rarely agree on anything.

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-California, tells CNN he believes Obama is trying to "bring democracy to Libya while shredding the Constitution of the United States."

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Topics: Libya • President Obama
POTUS schedule for Friday, May 20, 2011
May 20th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Friday, May 20, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama continues his focus on the Middle East on Friday with a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. The meeting comes just a day after the president's speech on the Middle East where he laid out his vision for that region. The meetings could have a little tension but they'll have the opportunity to hash out some differences behind closed doors.They will spend much of the morning in meetings, starting off with a closed press meeting in the Oval Office. They'll then make statements to the press before having a closed press lunch in the Old Family Dining Room. 

This afternoon, the president will head to the CIA headquarters to thank employees in their efforts in keeping America safe and tracking down Osama bin Laden.

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