Israel's Netanyahu Stands Firm on Border Issue

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In his address Monday evening at the annual summit of the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel cannot return to the "indefensible" 1967 lines.

"I'll describe what a peace between the Jewish state and a Palestinian state could look like," Netanyahu said, "but I want to assure you of one thing: it must leave Israel with security. And therefore, Israel cannot return to the indefensible 1967 lines."

Watch Prime Minister Netanyahu's full AIPAC speech.

Nevertheless, most of Netanyahu's remarks highlighted the positive points of the historical alliance between Israel and the U.S.

"Israel's not what's wrong with the Middle East. Israel is what's right about the Middle East," he said to resounding applause.

Netanyahu said the "enduring friendship" between Israel and the U.S. goes well beyond the inner workings of government to friendship between people who share common values and goals. The principles spoken of by America's founding fathers are rooted in the Hebrew Bible, he said.

He also said the uprisings in neighboring Arab countries are about "freedom" and "have nothing to do with" the Jewish state. 

Israel is the only country in all of the Middle East where Christians, Muslims and Jews can practice their faith openly, Netanyahu noted.

"Only Israel can be trusted to ensure freedom for all faiths. This is why Israel's more than 1 million Muslim citizens enjoy full democratic rights. This is why the only place in the Middle East where Christians are completely free to practice their faith is in the democratic State of Israel," he said.

Netanyahu said that while Israel will continue to do everything within its power to make peace with the Palestinians, that's not going to resolve the problems in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria, Lebanon or Jordan.

"It's time to stop blaming Israel for all the region's problems," he said.

On Monday, Netanyahu addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress on the threats facing Israel -- including a nuclear-armed Iran and what a potential peace deal with the Palestinians will require.

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