The Associated Press website reports that President Barack Obama today (May 19, 2011) endorsed the Palestinians' demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war, in which Israel seized much Palestinian territory.
Obama's endorsement of the Palestinians' demand is likely to infuriate Israel -- America's closest ally in the Middle East. Israel has said in the past that the borders of a Palestinian state have to be determined through negotiations.
In his speech today at the U.S. State Department, Obama sided with the Palestinians' opening position one day before a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu is vehemently opposed to even referring to the 1967 Middle East borders.