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Netanyahu voices support for Arab democratic movements

Arab World Materials 24 May 2011 21:00
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday his country "fully supports" the aspirations of the Arab people for democracy and liberty
Netanyahu voices support for Arab democratic movements

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday his country "fully supports" the aspirations of the Arab people for democracy and liberty, dpa reported


"We long for the day when Israel will be one of many real democracies in the Middle East," Netanyahu told a rare joint session of the US Congress, the highlight of his trip to Washington that began last week.

Netanyahu arrived in Washington amid a sharp disagreement with President Barack Obama over how to move forward with the peace process. A day before Netanyahu's arrival, Obama called for use of the 1967 borders as the starting point for negotiations to create a free Palestinian state.

Obama said those borders would have to be adjusted to reflect changes that have take place over the last 44 years. Netanyahu flatly rejected the proposal, calling the 1967 lines "indefensible."

Netanyahu was expected to outline his vision for a peace settlement during the speech to Congress

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