WOODBURY - One day after calling for Israel to withdraw to its pre-1967 war boundaries, President Barack Obama hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.
Speaking to reporters after his talk with Obama, Netanyahu made it clear that while he values the president's efforts to advance the peace process, the two are sharply at odds over the terms.
The prime minister rejected the idea that Israel give up territory it captured during the Six-Day War and go back to the 1967 lines, which he called "indefensible."
Ghazi Khankan, a consultant on Islamic affairs, supports Obama's plan.
"The root cause of the problem is that somebody took somebody else's home and property without paying for it," he says.
Long Island Jewish activist Robert Zimmerman strongly disagrees.
"The world community has acknowledged that argument is historically wrong," he says. "It's the kind of hateful rhetoric that has no place of trying to create stability in that region."
Obama said that differences remain between the U.S. and Israel over the Middle East peace process, but that their relationship is "sound and will continue."