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.