Supportive U.S. Congress to hear Israel's peace vision

May 24, 2011 - 2:15 AM

AIPAC Gala Banquet

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Gala Banquet in Washington. on Monday, May 23, 2011. Israel's prime minister promised to present his vision for an Israeli-Palestinian peace in a speech before U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday,(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will sketch his outline for peace with the Palestinians before a sympathetic Congress on Tuesday.

That blueprint will be the centerpiece of Netanyahu's address to Congress, just days after President Barack Obama's speech urging Israel to act now to make peace.

At a meeting of thousands of American Jewish supporters on Monday, Netanyahu said Israel would not return to the narrow borders it held in mid-1967 before capturing the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. He says those lines are "indefensible."

The border issue has clouded Netanyahu's U.S. visit because Obama wants the old frontier to serve as the foundation for drawing the future boundaries of the Jewish and Palestinian states.

Some leading members of Congress have criticized Obama's stance.